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Remember when teams chose to go with either Goodyear or Bridgestone and had to decide for themselves how much fuel to put in and what tyres to put on and when? It can only add to the drama to have the question "did they put enough fuel in at the last stop or too much? How will it affect the race?" so why did they get rid of it??
Red Bull and all their pathetic fan boys with their concern about the lack of 'racing'. Did I mention pathetic? If Red Bull still had the upper hand, Red Bull and their fan boys wouldn't care. I have a new least favourite team ever. Here's wishing the world of DNF to Red Bull. Hypocrites and fakes and two faced liars.
This was the perfect race for Dietrich to moan, it was always going to be one of Red Bulls worst, plus they made strategy errors:In 2012 they started 7th + 11th, finished 6th +11th!2013 didn't fully commit to a 4 stops like Ferrari, were undercut in #1, ran too many worn laps later before going to 4 stops.They were last through the speed traps!+ It's the worst track for wear.
The problem I see with F1 is the way there has to be radical changes every year. They never seem to be able to say "You know what? What we have here is pretty good, let's just make a few minor tweaks here and there but nothing radical."Kers? DRS? Requiring everyone uses certain tyres? Having to use old tyres? Q1-3? No refuelling? All of it is bad. Get back to 1997 rules stop destroying the sport
940.ashtongatejim I would far rather see durable tyres that do not endanger drivers, as the current delaminations do; I´m sure that no true F1 fan wants to see the sort of high speed accident that has robbed us of great drivers in the past. Being hit by a piece of delaminated tyre could produce the same sort of injury as Felipe Massa suffered when hit by debris(spring).
Whatever the durability of the tyres the drivers are given to work with, it is up to the strategists to work out the best race strategy and for the drivers to adjust their driving styles to try to get the best from them before they fall off the cliff. It´sall part of F1 and always has been.
Mercedes showed that they were quicjk in sector 3 at Catalunya, which is similar to the sort of corners in Monaco, so without the high speed corners, which cause so much tyre deg for them, Monaco should suit the car and the driving stles of LH and NR.
The tyres are too far the other way right now, but I still much prefer it to the Bridgestone nonsense where frankly they could have driven on those tyres all day and all night if they felt like it.
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Unfortunately what the whole sorry mess with tyres shows is that Bernies only interest in F1 is how much money CVC can make, even if it is at the expense of driver safety.
936.amerf1can Three stop was the optimum strategy if the tyres lasted: four stop takes about 4 seconds longer than a 3 stop, which actually works out quicker than a two stop.. What Red Bull did not factor in was how quickly the tryes went off on their car.
@932 DB, that is very true, but ferrari showed that you can treat the race as a sprint. redbull had they not been on a 3 stop strategy would have been in the game but by the time they realized what ferrari was up to and tried to adjust, the race was already over. last year the first 7 races were similar do to the tires but the top team sorted it out and we had some great racing.
The only change I would make re tyres is to go to just a single compound per race, however durable (or otherwise) they might be - the compound chosen to predict a two-stop strategy, but giving flexibility.Has nobody told Bernie that ChampCar (the only 'circus' which made the two-compound rule work) went under?
Felipe, if you read the link at 926 you'll see why it is so difficult for Pirelli to give the FIA what they want. Ideally they'd need a sample of each teams cars for the upcoming season to develop the tyres. It's not their fault they got it wrong. But it is their fault they refused to admit there was a problem for so long. It was clear in Australia that the tyres were not right.
F1 should have 1 tyre choice as was the case in the 50s,60s and 70s, the racing was much better back then.It is not just tyres, there is too much emphasis on aerodynamics in modern F1.If the aerodynamics are not right the tyres do not operate at their optimum characteristics.I saw my first F1 race at Aintree in 1955.
928 arerf1canI think the difference I see this year to previous years was irrespective of the number of stops, drivers used to race for position from start to finish. This year drivers are not pushing (themselves or their machinery) through fear of ruining their race through pushing the tyres (ie: one pushed lap results in an extra stop) - the result being terrible viewing for the race goers
Its a Bernie/Ferrari conspiracy to dethrone Red Bull.
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