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Under-fire Pirelli concedes changes needed for the future

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 and Ferrari 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."

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James Allison (GBR) Technical Director of Scuderia Ferrari.
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Matt - Unregistered

May 12, 2013 6:08 PM

This has got to be the most boring race I have seen,f1 is surppose to be the elite in Motorsport but looking at the speed of the racing today I really don't think so I'm getting fed up with all this tyre saving and teams not able to race like they should,the drivers should be flat out racing each other please sort it out f1!!!!!'

bob - Unregistered

May 12, 2013 6:17 PM

I loved the tires in 2011, but last year and especially this year they have just gone too far! However, in no way shape or form do I blame Pirelli! All they are doing is supplying what they have been told to supply - and in that respect, they have done a perfect job. It is the FIA who have caused this problem, not Pirelli. As the old saying goes, don't blame the messenger!

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