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Webber: Tyres behind bad starts

Mark Webber says the performance of the Pirelli tyres is part of the reason for his bad starts this year
Mark Webber has said that the new Pirelli tyres have played a major role in his poor starts throughout the 2011 season.

The Red Bull driver has struggled to get his car off the line in a number of races this year, with the Singapore Grand Prix last weekend being another prime example when – having qualified on the front row – he plummeted backwards at the start.

Speaking in his BBC column, Webber insisted that the new Pirelli tyres had played a part in his disappointing starts this year, with the difference in performance making it more difficult to get away from the line.

“The rules make it pretty challenging for engineers to get the starts right as launch control and other electronic aids that limit wheel-spin are not allowed,” he wrote. “There is a lot of work for the drivers to do as well. I cannot give too much away but there are a number of procedures to go through before we get going.

“When the lights go out, we quickly release one clutch paddle on the steering wheel and feed in a second gradually - that's the one the driver uses to modulate the grip of the rear wheels.

“This year, we have seen the biggest fluctuation in starts for years, which is purely down to the new Pirelli tyres and how they perform off the line. It is harder to manage the grip away from the start but if you get it right – as Fernando Alonso did in Monza - it makes a big difference. For all that, my starts have been poor this year.”



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Bob - Unregistered

September 30, 2011 1:29 PM

Here's what Mark stated that crash.net ignored in their cherry picked headline: "...I had another ropey start, which is becoming a bit of a broken record. I need to work on that aspect of my race because it is much harder to compete if you are on the back foot on the very first lap... For all that, my starts have been poor this year." No where did mark blame the tyres or claim anything different for him. He described how tricky the cars are to get off the line, and the Pirellis play a part in that. Oh he must be blaming the tyres!!! You've all swallowed the hyped up angle crash.net has put on Marks comments - hook, line and sinker.

richard

September 30, 2011 2:18 PM

bob. crash report what mark has said, and he has said that the tyres are "partly" to blame. i can understand his comment, as the grip off the line is different to the bridgestones, and he has not adapted to the change in grip. he isnt blaming pirelli, just stating the obvious, that the tyres are different and he has not mastered the technique of clutch feed in, as yet. schumi , with his experienced, has adapted well and is able to make lightning starts. so mark is admitting his shortcomings and says he is working to improve.



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