May 18, 2013, 9:45 AM EDT
Former Scuderia Toro Rosso driver Jaime Alguersuari has admitted that he does not understand the drama surrounding Pirelli’s 2013 tire compounds.
The Spanish driver last raced in Formula One in 2011, but he was dropped by the Italian team in favor of Daniel Ricciardo and Jean-Eric Vergne, and he has not been linked to any seats recently. However, he is still in a position to comment on the on-going saga, having used Pirelli tires during his final F1 season.
“I don’t see the drama. When Vettel was winning in 2011 things were like this but when things go well you don’t complain and when they go wrong you complain about the tires,” Alguersuari explained to Spanish newspaper AS.
“Four stops in Spain were to be expected because it is very abrasive asphalt and high temperatures.”
When Alguersuari last raced at the Circuit de Catalunya in 2011, a four-stop strategy was used by race winner Sebastian Vettel, Lewis Hamilton (P2), Mark Webber (P4) and Fernando Alonso (P5), yet no great fuss was made. Alguersuari believes that it is a case of some teams having more success with the tires than others.
“What is happening is that some understand the tyres and others don’t.
“Alonso and Ferrari understand the rubber, so do Raikkonen and Lotus. Others do not.”
The situation took another twist last night with the FIA announcing that any changes had to be made on safety grounds, not to intentionally reduce the number of pit stops. Therefore, Pirelli may have to revise their plans for a radical redesign, but we can still expect to see the new tires debuting at the Canadian Grand Prix next month.
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