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“Complain about tires, not F1” urges Whitmarsh

Apr 17, 2013, 11:45 AM EDT

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Martin Whitmarsh believes F1 is better than it has been for decades and should not be excessively criticized over how tires influenced the Chinese Grand Prix.

Pirelli has replaced the soft tire with the medium compound for this weekend’s race in Bahrain after complaints from drivers that they were having to back off too much to protect their tires.

“Please, because I love F1, let’s not write how bad F1 is,” said Whitmarsh, “In F1, we do it for ourselves, we start saying ‘this is terrible’, and actually the show is not bad.”

“I would rather have more durable tires, but the show we have had for the last two or three years has been better than anything I have seen in 25 years of the sport.

“So all I ask is not get into complaining about F1. Complain about the tires if you want, but not F1.”

Whitmarsh has been one of the most vocal supporters of the move towards softer tires to produce closer and more unpredictable racing in Formula One.

He believes the current approach is good for the sport, although it may have gone too far in China:

“We can always make it better, and I hate it when drivers are out there and you know they are driving at nine tenths. That is not how I like F1.

“But the overall fact is that if you had done a straw poll [on who was going to win the race] we would have got six or seven answers. So that is good for the sport.”

  1. apexassassin - Apr 17, 2013 at 6:21 PM

    The awful and often inconsistent tires, frozen engine regulations, DRS, and 2 hour time limit have all made F1 from a sport into a “show”. Less worry about ratings and more worry about actual racing would be a welcome change to what we have now. JMHO

  2. purplesectornet - Apr 18, 2013 at 11:04 AM

    More BS from the resident motorsports talk troll. You might want to go read the technical regulations for 2014, genius. DRS was invented by the Technical Working Group headed by Ross Brawn because of the outcry that F1 is too processional, so blame the teams. The tires degrade this way by design, again in response to everyone complaining about processional racing. So stop blaming F1 they are doing what that fans demanded.

    • apexassassin - Apr 18, 2013 at 8:02 PM

      Your the one doing the trolling, just look at the post times.

      Why you choose to regurgitate public relations comments is quite beyond me. Try thinking for yourself sometime. 😉

      • purplesectornet - Apr 19, 2013 at 1:29 PM

        Um no. You are a troll. You are here to do nothing but bad mouth the sport. The rest of us are fans. That is why you characterize my enthusiasm for the sport as not thinking for myself, because your agenda is clear. Once again – if you hate this sport so bad, the GO DO SOMETHING ELSE. GET A LIFE.

  3. techmeister1 - Apr 19, 2013 at 12:03 AM

    For the record – the “show” is precisely what the FIA and F1 teams are trying to create to bring in viewership with F1 being the most watched sport in the world. Without maintaining or increasing the viewership and the money it generates for the top teams, the teams simply would not be able to race in F1. Times change, costs have gotten above $400 Million per team, per season and without appropriate revenues via spectators and TV rights, F1 is history. We’d all like to see pure motorsports but those days are long gone.

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