Mark Webber backs tyre impact on Formula 1 show
|By Sam Tremayne and Jonathan Noble||Tuesday, May 1st 2012, 18:30 GMT|
Formula 1 drivers should be happy to accept the challenge posed by Pirelli's current generation of tyres because they are helping make the racing more exciting.
That is the view of Mark Webber, who reckons that complaints that the high degradation is detracting from the thrill of pushing F1 cars to the limit are not valid.
"Tyres have always been an important part of Formula 1," said the Red Bull Racing driver. "Things were probably a little less punishing in the past to get them right, but now you need to be right there and, if you aren't, it can be quite tricky.
"Everybody has the same stuff to deal with so you have to get on with it. We just drive the cars and do the best job with what we have."
The impact of tyres on the racing has become a big talking point after Michael Schumacher criticised the characteristics of Pirelli's rubber after the Bahrain Grand Prix.
Webber acknowledges that all drivers would love perfect tyres, but says that the most important consideration should be the entertainment for the fans.
"We would all love to have quicker laptimes and extremely consistent tyres like we did in the old days, but that wasn't the most exciting thing for the racing," he explained.
"Trying to find somewhere in the middle is always tricky, but at the moment we have a pretty good show for the crowd. Whether it's by design or not, it's turned out like that."