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Schumacher, Pirelli fall out over tyres

But Schumacher's comments highlight the fears of many fans and those working in the sport that the operational window of the current generation of tyres has now shrunk too far in the other direction, and that the slightest misstep by a team can decide the whole race weekend for them.

While it's undoubtedly led to exciting races, the question is whether it's allowing the best drivers to perform at the level they should at the top flight of motorsport.

"The closeness of the racing this year, during which we have narrowed the performance gap between our compounds, is reflected in the fact that we've seen four different winners in four races," agreed Hembery.

The Pirelli motorsports boss was also particularly happy to see a good result in Bahrain for Pirelli's former test driver, Romain Grosjean.

"A great result for Lotus with two cars on the podium – and the first podium for our former test driver Romain Grosjean, who was with us when we tested at Bahrain in 2010," he pointed out. "The experience was clearly useful to him!

"As for Kimi, he seems to have made the transition from our rally tyres to our P Zero race tyres pretty well."





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Rick - Unregistered

April 23, 2012 11:47 AM

I'm not a big fan of 'The Schum', but here I have to agree with him. These tires cause the drivers to sometimes drive like little old ladies on their way to church. F1 is no longer flat out fight to the finish that it was long ago. A drivers main quality should not have to be tire mamangement!

George Zaidan

April 23, 2012 11:46 AM

Michael Schumacher, the most successful F1 driver in Formula 1 happens to have the experience to know about his sport. If 80% of the drivers have to nurse their cars to prevent premature tire wear then Pirelli needs to fix the issue instead of saying all was fine during the Winter, this is Summer guys own up to your shoddy product instead of trying to pass the buck by just thinking making the big bucks is all you are in it for.



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