That said, Hembery was impressed that Ferrari
and Fernando Alonso
in particular adapted to the situation and made it work for them to deliver a hugely popular home win for the driver in Barcelona this weekend.
"Congratulations to Fernando Alonso
who pushed hard from start to finish to make the four-stop strategy work for them," he said. "They planned their strategy from the start of the weekend, using the tyres wisely during qualifying, and then made it count with some fantastic overtaking moves."
Unsurprisingly, Red Bull
principal Christian Horner was once again one of the leading voices criticising the tyres after the race concluded, having already called for a rethink of the tyre strategy from Pirelli earlier in the season.
"When you are telling drivers not to push because we are saving tyres isn't great for the sport of for the fans," Horner said. "We need to push the drivers harder and allow them to drive properly."
"I could drive that fast," complained Brundle after watching on-board footage from the leading cars during the race. "We've got to do something."
As ever, Lotus' driver Kimi Raikkonen
was working an altogether different groove on the subject after coming second in Spain. "People will always complain," shrugged the Finn.
And former F1 driver Gerhard Berger was also taking a rather more sanguine view of the situation and suggested that they were having a positive effect on helping to make an exciting title battle.
"We have to wait to see what is going with the tyres. I think we are talking too much about them and it is becoming too critical but I think we are going to see a good championship," he said. "Red Bull look strong, so do Ferrari
and there are some strong drivers so I think it will be a good championship."