After 82 pits stops in Barcelona as a result of tyre degradation at the Circuit de Catalunya
that required most drivers to make four changes during the course of the 66-lap Spanish Grand Prix, even Pirelli was admitting that enough was enough.
"It's clear that four is too many," admitted Pirelli motorsports director Paul Hembery in Spain after the race. "We'll be looking to make some changes, in time for Silverstone, to make sure that we maintain our target and solve any issues rapidly."
Hembery went on to tell ESPN
that he would be in favour of making the adjustments even sooner: "I'd prefer to do it for Canada," he said. It's not quite as aggressive compared to here."
That will be music to the ears of those at Red Bull
Racing, which has been a prominent critic of the impact of this year's tyre compounds on the race day action.
"This has nothing to do with racing anymore, this is a competition in tyre management," Red Bull
owner Dietrich Mateschitz was quoted as saying this weekend. He went on to point out that qualifying was no longer about fighting for pole but about saving sets of tyres.
"It's too confusing for the fans," added Red Bull
team principal Christian Horner. "When we're saying to Sebastian Vettel, you're racing Kimi Raikkonen
for position, but you're not and don't fight him, that's not great."
But while Red Bull
might be happy to hear that change is on the way in time for the British Grand Prix, some significant other top teams are opposing any rethink by Pirelli that might jeopardise their early season momentum.
"Lotus and Ferrari
don't want to change the tyres," admitted Hembery. "And we don't want to be accused of wanting to make Red Bull
win the world championship."
And sure enough, Lotus team principal Eric Boullier was quick to wade into the debate after the Spanish Grand Prix, in which Kimi Raikkonen
secured a third consecutive second place for the team.