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Coulthard: Barcelona not a disaster for F1

Despite his concerns however, Coulthard insisted that tyre wear wasn't the only reason why some drivers were struggling on track – arguing that some teams were simply doing a better job than others with the situation as it currently is.

“Vettel complained after the race on Sunday that he was not driving to the limit of the car; he was driving to the limit of the tyres,” DC insisted. “The problem with that argument is that he had the same tyres as Alonso and Raikkonen, and they went faster. So trying to argue that it is all down to the tyres just does not stack up.

“The regulations are very tight, but different teams are having different problems - for example, Red Bull's limitation in Spain was the left front tyre; Mercedes' was the left rear. The bottom line is that under the regulations as they are, and on the same tyres, Ferrari and Lotus - and particularly Alonso and Raikkonen - did a better job in Spain than Red Bull and Mercedes.”

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oldtimer - Unregistered

May 14, 2013 2:47 PM

Not sure what the first comment is all about but I would like to see a return to free tyre usage with a dry, intermediate and wet tyre available at all times and at the teams discretion. The current tyres have turned the races in tyre preservation runs with no proper racing. F1 was the pinnacle of motor racing but it has been reduced to a farce in a so called quest for better racing. Not too sure that DC would have coped very well either had he been racing now.

Galway - Unregistered

May 14, 2013 9:05 PM

How quickly people forget! As David Couthard wrote, it was only recently that the major complaint about F1 was that there was virtually no overtaking. Let's see. If the choice is procession vs the thinking person's F1 I'll take the latter everyy time!!!

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