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Raikkonen says teams need to adapt to tires, not Pirelli to teams

Apr 18, 2013, 12:15 PM EDT

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Kimi Raikkonen says Formula One teams need to adapt to Pirelli’s 2013 tires, rather than vice versa, and that F1 isn’t really as different as it appears to some compared to when he entered in 2001.

“Of course some years you’ve been able to go faster but then you do more stops, and shorter runs with less fuel,” Raikkonen told Autosport.

“In those years if you’d put 50 kilos more fuel in you’d have had to look after the tires. It hasn’t really changed. Sometimes now you have to look after the tires, but if you did six stops you wouldn’t have to look after your tires. It’s your option. Whatever is the fastest way for you to do the race, you try to do it.”

Lotus driver Raikkonen said Pirelli can’t please everybody and the challenge is the same for everyone. He entered in the same season Michelin re-entered the sport, then competing against Bridgestone, for a tire battle that lasted through the 2006 season.

“In the past we had different tires but some teams were not as happy with those tires as other teams were,” he said. “Sometimes you have some issues and you pay the price for it. But that’s OK because otherwise it would be easy.”

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