F1 » Fernley: Force India hit by tyre change

Bob Fernley says Force India has lost out as a result of the tyre changes introduced by Pirelli

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July 12, 2013 3:39 PM

Two questions...

Why are teams using tires they didnt develop their car around?

Why do teams have to wait so long before getting the tires to develop their own chassis?

The tire situation in GP racing is ridiculous, if people want to honest racing which is competitive just introduce a penalty system, its more honest than having Pirelli pick and choose winners.


July 13, 2013 3:25 PM

The whole tyre situation is further ruining F1. The whole point of an F1 car is to get from the start to the finish of the race in the least possible time, re-introduce re-fuelling so the cars can run light, fast and consistently throughout the race and give them tyres that will last the race reliably. F1 lost its focus many years ago. It was introduced to establish the fastest cars, now it's to find the fastest drivers, complete rubbish. Free the engineers up and let all the drivers compete instead of having celebrity primadonnas.


July 14, 2013 7:37 AM

Reduce the aero enough to promote wheel to wheel racing, get rid of DRS, make tyres that last the whole race and allow enough fuel for the whole race. The lights go out and the first across the line wins.


July 14, 2013 6:19 PM

@objective - I have been saying for years that F1 ought to ban artificially induced downforce altogether. Ensure the cars are aerodynamically neutral which would allow them to follow each other through corners and slipstream without DRS/Kers or anything else. Corner speeds would be slower which would increase safety, reduce run off's and allow closer spectating. Straight line speeds would be higher with longer braking areas and more overtaking opportunities. Stop 'levelling' the playing field by standardising the cars and turning it into F/Ford and let the manufacturers use what engines they want. We are watching a micro managed sport which has destroyed the point of F1, to find the best manufacturers, not the best drivers! Eradicating aero would slash the cost of competing and encourage more manufacturers and sponsors. Kers is nothing more than trying to justify the sport to the greens but they know better than anyone that there is more fuel used in transporting the circus to a race t


July 14, 2013 6:27 PM

@objective - getting rid of refuelling and tyre changing in the past didn't work in the 80's. The cars were too fat and performance over the race distance was too diverse which ruined the spectacle as the compromises in car design were too great. These are sprint cars, they need to run as light as possible and whilst I agree with minimum driver/car weight combinations to allow bigger drivers to compete, everything ought to be pared to the minimum.


July 14, 2013 6:44 PM

dread. the minimum weights are already adjusted to allow heavier drivers. all cars are well underweight, and are then ballasted, so that weight of car and driver comes up to the minimum. that is why drivers have to be weighed after the event. one enterprising team had water ballast which they dropped during the race to make their car lighter. the same team then gave their driver a heavy jacket before he stepped on the scales. the same team also had a heavy and a light rear wing.....never penalised!!
but as regards aero, the fia have a lot to answer for. when the new exhaust rule was brought in this year to prevent diffuser blowing, the intention was a straight pipe as of old, above bodywork. it was not to have any aero effect. teams developed the coanda, and so affected aero. the fia did NOTHING. it should have been nipped in the bud.

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