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Vettel: Tyre criticism purely a matter of safety

Sebastian Vettel, along with the rest of Red Bull, has been very vocal in his complaints about this year's Pirelli tyres. But now Vettel has explained he's just concerned about safety.
There's been a lot said about and against the 2013 Pirelli tyres, and Red Bull have been among the most vociferous critics of this year's compounds, with team owner Dietrich Mateschitz leading from the front with his statement last month that F1 "has nothing to do with racing anymore. This is a competition in tyre management."

But speaking after his dominant victory in Montreal in the Canadian Grand Prix at the weekend, reigning world champion Sebastian Vettel has said that his team's out-spoken comments on the tyres have always come from the point of view of safety and not because they're seeking to neutralise the advantage that teams like Lotus regularly have over them in Grand Prix events this season.

"The criticism we had or I expressed was not based on performance," Vettel insisted in Canada after is latest GP win. "It was based on safety.

"Every time I complained about balance or the tyres and their behaviour, every time I said as well that on that day there were other people doing a better job," he continued, clearly frustrated at being misrepresented by what he saw as selective reporting of his comments.

"First of all we had to get to their level to start complaining about performance but obviously when you say something, it's in fashion these days to take what you like instead of probably publishing the whole answer," he said.

And he added that he and Red Bull were far from alone in the view that the current tyres might not be fully up to the task and needed extra development.

"I'm sure if you ask other drivers - maybe they weren't that strong in the press, maybe they think they have an advantage with this sort of tyre," he said. "We had some occasions this year where the tyre suffered delaminating, the top layer came off for not exactly known reasons, probably debris but you will always have some pieces on the track.

"I think it's not possible to have an entirely clean track everywhere and I think that has been the criteria," he added.

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Texas Roadhouse

June 11, 2013 2:04 PM
Last Edited 898 days ago

Of course they have an agenda (RBR). I haven't heard Lotus, Ferrari, or the other teams who manage the tyres complaining. Should be interesting to hear teams' comments during Silverstone. Pirelli also hitting back at RBR over their comments. At least they are fighting their position and not just rolling over.


June 11, 2013 10:41 AM
Last Edited 898 days ago

Richard, Pirelli's point is that it's the nature of the failure which has changed, and the tyre itself is actually safer than it was last year. I agree the sudden delamination at high speed is dangerous no matter where you are on the track,so change in this characteristic would be better. But Red Bull have not had this problem of sudden delamination at all during the season. They want to be able to do as Vettel's custom is, to drive away into the distance early on and dominate.ie have greater flexibility with there tyre management, which would help Vettel no ends.

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