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Pirelli “disappointed” with teams that ignored advice about tires

Oct 27, 2013, 11:00 AM EDT

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Pirelli’s motorsport director Paul Hembery has said that he is disappointed with the teams that chose to ignore the Italian tire supplier’s advice about the longevity of the compounds in India.

Before the race, Pirelli informed teams that they should not attempt to make the soft tires last any longer than fifteen laps and the medium compound any longer than thirty-five laps, believing that the tires could become unsafe. However, in the race, Romain Grosjean and Adrian Sutil both managed to utilize one-stop strategies to finish in the top ten, whilst Kimi Raikkonen also made his mediums last for fifty-one laps. However, Hembery has been dismissive about this after the race in India.

“We saw some very different approaches being taken all the way down the grid, which was roughly split between drivers starting on the soft and the medium tire,” Hembery said. “We also saw many teams split their strategies between both cars, in order to cover every possibility.

“However, we are disappointed to see that some teams went against our recommendations and used the compounds for longer than we advised them to do.”

Raikkonen’s stint on the prime tire was the longest of the race whilst Romain Grosjean also made his mediums last forty-four laps, allowing him to finish on the podium despite starting down in seventeenth place.

This is the latest incident in a turbulent season for Pirelli that has seen the Italian tire supplier have to redesign its tires, face criticism from the teams and, of course, ‘tiregate’ at the British Grand Prix back in June.

  1. apexassassin - Oct 27, 2013 at 1:02 PM

    Pirelli isnt half as disappointed as the fans are with them!

    What a bunch of bullshit they are.

  2. penmaster1 - Oct 27, 2013 at 3:26 PM

    Does anyone remember when races were decided by the fastest car/driver combination, rather than whose tires threw off the “tread?” In an era of aerodynamic urgency, why make tires as hard as rocks? A couple of laps close behind a competitor, and they are grained, and useless. How about making tires that last a whole race, but degrade appreciably? Then you decide when to change for maximum effectiveness. No safety issues, only performance considerations. Doesn’t that make more sense?

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