Trulli: Tyre wear to create confusion

Jarno Trulli believes the high degradation of Pirelli's tyres will lead to confusion in the races this season

Trulli: Tyre wear to create confusion

With at least three pitstops per driver expected in the opening races, the Italian fears the amount of stops will make the races too confusing for the spectators.

Trulli also denied drivers had asked for the tyres to degrade so fast, but he is hopeful the FIA and Pirelli will work to rectify the situation.

"Speaking with the other drivers, I've noticed that everyone bar none has had big problems with tyre degradation," Trulli wrote in his column for Repubblica newspaper.

"After just five laps the tyres lose a good part of their efficiency. The most balanced cars can reach seven laps, but after that it's a vertical drop. A driver can do 14 laps to finish his run, but with no performance.

"This is why we have complained: it's not true, as I've read in some places, that we asked for tyres that degrade so quickly. We've never asked for any such thing, also because for a driver tyre consistency is a fundamental element.

"It's what allows you to evaluate all the other set-up variables. If the tyres are inconsistent you never really understand what makes your performance better or worse.

"The tyres' high degradation will also cause great confusion in the race, with at least three pitstops for each car. That's an average of 72 pitstops per race: a hardly manageable situation. The Federation has taken notice, and so has Pirelli.

"No one wants to leave the race in the hands of such a random variable. Pitstops are random elements that are too difficult to manage, therefore I hope the situation may improve on Sunday already."

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