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Pirelli boss thinking positively ahead of next season, despite current storm surrounding tyre manufacturer

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June 19, 2013 1:41 PM

"the tires have been punishing Red Bull Racing (and other performing teams) for almost two seasons now, that's called persecution"

2012 WCC, 2012 WDC and currently leading both championships. Thats quite some punishment and I bet all the other teams would love that kind of persecution.

colin gleadhill

June 19, 2013 5:11 PM

Have you Pirelli got any idea what you are doing to your retail sales to Joe public, pandering to the FIA and others to make racing more interesting must be effecting sales, Each week we see tyres delaming, wearing out after just a few laps, graining etc. now i know the tyres are made to do this, but there are a lot of people watching who don't understand this crazy practise, i call it this because good drivers are loosing out every week and when Joe public are looking for a new set of tyres are they choosing yours??


June 19, 2013 7:21 PM

Well I just paid £250 for a pair of Metzeler tyres (made by pirelli) for my zx6r. Would I buy another set? Yes - they are brilliant.
Pirelli are not pandering to the FIA, they are providing tyres to a spec. If the spec is wrong, thats down to the FIA.

As for good drivers loosing (sic), every week 21 drivers out of 22 are losing as there is only one winner per race. However, all 22 are on the same rubber.

You may just as well say that Merc sales will suffer because their F1 cars wear out their tyres quickly.


June 20, 2013 4:55 AM

ha ha, Taipan.

You mean the systematic punishment of teams with cars higher downforce? Not Ferrari?

Producers "Hey Ferrari, we understand your aero dept sucks big tickles... how about we introduce some tires that overheat easily to slow down RedBull" ...

Ferrari - "Sure, next year we might have a chance !!!" (2011)

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