Red Bull boss on Pirelli tyres: 'F1 nothing to do with racing any more'
By Andrew BensonChief F1 writer
Red Bull owner Dietrich Mateschitz has criticised the state of Formula 1, saying it is "nothing to do with racing any more".
The team have been vociferous opponents of the fast-degrading Pirelli tyres and have been pressuring the Italian company to produce more durable rubber.
"Everyone knows what happens here," Mateschitz told Austrian journalists.
"Under the circumstances, we can neither get the best out of our car nor our drivers."
Mateschitz, a man of great influence in F1 who runs two teams in Red Bull and Toro Rosso, said: "This is a competition in tyre management. Real racing looks different."
Gary AndersonBBC F1 technical analyst
The tyres are part of the car and some teams are using them better than others.
Barcelona is always very tough on the tyres - and back in the tyre-war days sometimes you would get two or maybe three laps out of the softer tyres and then be five or six seconds a lap slower for the next four or five laps before they cleaned up and you could push again.
Tyre management has always been part of F1, no matter what anyone will tell you, and there has never been a time when a driver could push flat-out for the entire race distance.
He said the company would this week consider whether to change their approach - either by making more conservative choices, or changing the tyres' design - from the British Grand Prix at the end of next month.
Asked about the prospect of the tyres changing, Lotus team principal Eric Boullier said: "In some ways it's not fair but we have to deal with it. Everyone has the same tyres."
He added: "There was a slight change here that was supposed to please the most complaining team."
That is a reference to Pirelli's decision to make a more durable version of the 'hard' tyre than it had used in the first four races.
The tyre made its debut in Spain and was the preferred choice in the race for most teams, including Red Bull and Ferrari.
Hembery said: "We're only doing what we're being asked to do. We were asked to replicate Canada (2010).
"Some of you - some of you - would like us to do a one-stop where the tyres aren't a factor. You can go back to processional racing where the qualifying positions are the end positions."
He added: "It's rather bizarre. We're only doing what we've done for the last two years and we don't understand why you're so excited.
"It's bizarre unless you all want us to give Red Bull the tyres to win the championship. It's pretty clear. If we did that, there would be one team that would benefit and it would be them."
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