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F1 Blog Tires: Listen to the fans, not the drivers!

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D discussions about tires are in Formula 1 nothing new. Since Pirelli came into Formula 1 in 2011, there have been repeated complaints. In contrast to its predecessor Bridgestone, the Italian supplier builds rubbers to order that wear out quickly and require a feeling of the gas foot. A tire-friendly car is rewarded, just like a driver who drives with brains.

F1 drivers criticize Pirelli

But the drivers themselves did not like the sensitive rollers from the start . Hardly anyone dared to express their opinion openly. But behind closed doors, criticism was not spared. The drivers want to finally go full throttle again and throw themselves into the corners with full speed. Everything else is boring and not worthy of Formula 1, so the understandable argument.

In the meantime, the driving staff has even attracted Bernie Ecclestone to his side. The F1 Zampano has approached Pirelli in the past few weeks to find a solution. The Italians always emphasize on delivering the type of tire requested by the client. What exactly is desired should now be finally clarified. Pirelli invited everyone involved to the big tire round at the company headquarters in Milan next week.

It is clear that the drivers have more fun when the almost 1,000 hp in the rear are converted into propulsion without losses. After his Le Mans excursion, Nico Hülkenberg raved about the acceleration of his Porsche prototype, which, thanks to its hybrid all-wheel drive and long-distance tires, shot out of the corners like a large-caliber projectile. It can get frustrating when suddenly half throttle is the order of the day in the 'premier class'.

More action thanks to soft tires

But the hard-wearing tires were not introduced without good reason. They brought excitement and variety to the races. It is well known that more tire changes always offer an increased chance of something going wrong. Different strategies open up greater possibilities for position shifts. And if the difference in grip is more pronounced with more or less worn tires, it can be overtaken more easily.

If tires are used that degrade equally little regardless of the driving style, then we come back to old Bridgestone conditions . I can still hear the complaints from fans from the pre-Pirelli period. Event armsRaces without overtaking maneuvers, hardly any different strategy options, no surprising results.

In hardly any other race was the problem more visible than in the 2010 season finale in Abu Dhabi. Vitaly Petrov used a safety car phase on the first lap to change tires and drove through to the end in one leap without the rubber noticeably weakening. Fernando Alonso pitted 15 laps later and couldn't find a way past. Do we really want to go back there just so that the drivers have more fun in the cockpit?

Faster cars are not more spectacular

The argument of great cornering speeds does not work either. No viewer can tell on the television whether a driver is traveling 10 km /h faster or slower. In direct comparison, MotoGP looks much more spectacular, but the two-wheeler drivers race around corners much more slowly than their Formula 1 colleagues.

It may feel cool in the cockpit, as if nailed to rails with high G- Forces to fly around the curve. But from a fan's perspective, it's far more impressive when the rider struggles with a lack of downforce and grip. When the car is constantly threatening to break away and you have to work properly on the steering wheel, the driver's driving skills can only really be recognized. That's why everyone likes to watch races in the rain.

Bernie Ecclestone correctly recognized the problem in 2010 and commissioned Pirelli to provide more action. The fact that he of all people now wants to help the drivers to get back to the old conditions is not without a certain irony. If Bernie is actually successful with this, please don't let anyone in the paddock complain about boring races afterwards.

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