May 13, 2013, 12:00 PM EDT
Red Bull team owner Dietrich Mateschitz reiterated his unhappiness with the current generation of tires after the Spanish Grand Prix.
Following the race, which saw most driver make four pit stops and a total of 77 take place, Mateschitz told Autosport: “Everyone knows what happens here. This has nothing to do with racing anymore. This is a competition in tire management.
“There is no more real qualifying and fighting for the pole, as everyone is just saving tires for the race,” he added.
“If we would make the best of our car we would have to stop eight or ten times during a race, depending on the track.”
Red Bull have been the most vocal critics of the current tire compounds. Mateschitz has complained about them before and team principal Christian Horner said after the race that four pit stops was too many.
“We’re not going the pace of the car, we’re going the pace of the tires,” said Sebastian Vettel after finishing fourth in yesterday’s race.
Following Red Bull’s earlier criticisms Pirelli revised the hard tire compound for yesterday race, bringing a more durable version closer to the kind used last year.
Formula One’s official tire supplier has already said it does not wish to see four pit stops per race and will revise its tires in time for the British Grand Prix.
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