Pirelli now being too conservative with Formula 1 tyres, says Lotus

Lotus has questioned Pirelli's decision to bring more conservative tyres to the next few Formula 1 races

Pirelli now being too conservative with Formula 1 tyres, says Lotus

Following high numbers of pitstops earlier this year, and resistance from teams over Pirelli's plan for tweaks, the Italian company has elected to be conservative with its next compound choices.

Such a move will help teams that have struggled with their tyres, but is not so good for outfits like Lotus that proved better at coping with degradation.

Lotus' track operations director Alan Permane said the tyre choices seemed "conservative and contrary to the supposed approach for the tyre allocations in 2013.

"The individual compounds - super-soft, soft, medium and hard - were made softer for each grade this year in order to present teams with a challenge, which is what we saw at some races earlier in the season.

"That work is undone if you simply allocate harder compounds for races, as we've seen with those nominated for the next three rounds.

"It's certainly unusual to take the same tyres to Hungary as to Bahrain and Silverstone. The situation is quite similar to last year when the allocations went harder late in the year and we just ended up doing one-stop races."

PRE-SEASON PLAN "SHOULD NOT BE CHANGED"

Permane accepted that rival teams were pushing for Pirelli to deliver more durable tyres, but felt that the stance should have stayed as aggressive as was planned at the start of the campaign.

"Of course, there are teams who are eager for the tyres to be more durable; whether through changes to the tyres themselves or changes to the allocations for races," he said.

"In contrast, we're firmly in the camp that the approach to tyre allocation should remain as agreed by the sport before the start of the season, and not be changed part-way through the year."

Lotus team principal Eric Boullier hoped Pirelli might reconsider its decision for future allocations.

"We trust Pirelli's judgement in these matters as they have all the data to analyse and listen to the concerns of all the teams; some of whom are very keen to see the tyres changed, some of whom are very keen to have the tyres left as they are," he explained.

"Let's see what happens in the next three races for which the allocations have been made and see how that impacts on future allocations."

shares
comments
F1 Tribunal: Mercedes won't appeal 'proportionate' punishment

Previous article

F1 Tribunal: Mercedes won't appeal 'proportionate' punishment

Next article

British GP: Lotus set for its biggest upgrade of the year

British GP: Lotus set for its biggest upgrade of the year
Load comments

About this article

Series Formula 1
Teams Team Lotus , Lotus F1 Team
Author Jonathan Noble
Why McLaren doesn’t doubt Ricciardo can escape his ‘dark’ place Plus

Why McLaren doesn’t doubt Ricciardo can escape his ‘dark’ place

Three points finishes from as many starts represents a decent opening innings on paper, but Daniel Ricciardo has endured a tough start to his McLaren career - only magnified his team-mate's excellent form. Yet both he and the team have good reason to expect a turnaround soon

Formula 1
May 6, 2021
What needs to “change” for Red Bull is ending Verstappen’s errors Plus

What needs to “change” for Red Bull is ending Verstappen’s errors

OPINION: Going up against the dominant force of Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton was always going to demand the best from Red Bull and Max Verstappen. But after making a couple more errors during the Portuguese Grand Prix, the Dutch driver showed there's a small gap he still needs to close in the 2021 Formula 1 title fight

Formula 1
May 5, 2021
The "subtle" Red Bull upgrades that kept it in the Portugal F1 mix Plus

The "subtle" Red Bull upgrades that kept it in the Portugal F1 mix

Red Bull's Portuguese Grand Prix fortunes were decidedly second best to Mercedes', but the result skews the potential that the team had at Portimao. With a new set of updates, the team looks good going forward into the rest of 2021's spicy F1 competition

Formula 1
May 3, 2021
Portuguese Grand Prix Driver Ratings Plus

Portuguese Grand Prix Driver Ratings

The 2021 Portuguese GP will for several drivers go down as a weekend of missed opportunities amid imperfect track conditions that caused struggles with tyre warmup. But the performances of a select few stood out from the crowd

Formula 1
May 3, 2021
How Hamilton took a “completely different journey” to Portugal victory Plus

How Hamilton took a “completely different journey” to Portugal victory

Just as he did in 2020, Lewis Hamilton had to come from behind to win the 2021 Portuguese Grand Prix. Only this time there were two rivals he had to pass, among the several challenges he had to overcome, on his way to securing a 97th grand prix victory

Formula 1
May 3, 2021
The ‘big fish’ mentality that kept an Australian legend winning Plus

The ‘big fish’ mentality that kept an Australian legend winning

Frank Gardner was the veteran of just eight grand prix starts. It could have been more, but why waste his talent if the cars weren't up to it? NIGEL ROEBUCK recalls the life of one of racing's great characters

Formula 1
May 2, 2021
Why Todt’s FIA successor could be cut from the same cloth Plus

Why Todt’s FIA successor could be cut from the same cloth

Jean Todt has signalled that he will not stand for re-election as FIA president. MARK GALLAGHER analyses the strong credentials of one potential successor…

Formula 1
May 1, 2021
The data that leaves both Red Bull and Mercedes uncertain of supremacy at Portimao Plus

The data that leaves both Red Bull and Mercedes uncertain of supremacy at Portimao

Lewis Hamilton topped the crucial FP2 session on Friday as F1 returned to Portugal, but his Mercedes team cannot be sure it has the edge on its Red Bull rivals. As cool temperatures and wind combine with the still-slippery surface to present drivers with quandaries over set-up and tyre warmup, there's still everything to play for come qualifying

Formula 1
Apr 30, 2021