Lotus thinks it would be unfair if Pirelli tweaks 2013 F1 tyres

Lotus thinks it would be unfair if Pirelli makes changes to the tyres later this season just because some teams are struggling to make the rubber last

Lotus thinks it would be unfair if Pirelli tweaks 2013 F1 tyres

After a number of outfits were forced to make four-stops during the Spanish Grand Prix due to the high degradation, Pirelli has conceded that it may have to tweak its tyres to limit a repeat in the future.

Such changes could hamper the Lotus outfit, which appears perfectly suited to the high degrading rubber with its E21.

Kimi Raikkonen was able to execute a three-stop strategy at the Circuit de Catalunya to finish second and move to within four points of the lead of the world championship.

Well aware that there is a push from some quarters for Pirelli to make changes, Lotus team principal Eric Boullier has admitted tweaks could be a negative for the Enstone-based squad.

"I think it is not in some ways fair, but we have to deal with it like we always did," he said. "Everyone has the same tyres."

Boullier reckons that complaints about the tyres are being focused in the wrong area, and he feels that rival teams have simply not dealt with the situation very well.

"People need to get the right question," he said. "The question is not the tyres: it is because we did something that allowed our car to [look after the tyres].

"It is the same for everybody. There was some slight change for here [to the hard compound] which was to please the most complaining team.

"But I don't think Pirelli is going to change anything. They were asked to build tyres lasting 20 laps and they did it. So that is it."

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