Helmut Marko, Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Sepang, 2013

Tyres “punish” Red Bull for being best – Marko

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Helmut Marko, Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Sepang, 2013In the round-up: Helmut Marko says Red Bull have to run less downforce to make the current generation of tyres work.

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Helmut Marko Q&A: ‘Extreme’ tyres costing Red Bull (F1)

“The tyres have these problems – not us. Other teams witness these kinds of problems in different shapes, but it cannot be that you have a car that has the best downforce and you have to reduce it to make the tyres work to some extent. […] I always understood that the best and fastest should win – and not that the one who builds the best car is punished for it.”

Red Bull tyre woe ‘its own fault’ – Lotus (Autosport)

Eric Boullier: “They are fast on one lap but then struggle with tyre degradation, which is partially due to the way they designed the car.”

Here’s a relevant story from Pirelli’s return to F1 in 2011:

McLaren principal Martin Whitmarsh takes blame for uncompetitive car (The Guardian)

“Whitmarsh did not take the opportunity to dispel stories that the team may yet revert to last year’s car. ‘I can categorically kill it off ?ǣ for the time being. We’re making progress. We’re working hard to understand this car, to improve and develop it and turn it into a race winning car.'”

F1 driver Susie Wolff says disabled grandad helped her achieve motor racing dream (Daily Record)

“Racing driver Susie Wolff has revealed the inspiration behind her bid to make the Formula One starting grid ?ǣ her disabled grandad.”


Comment of the day

Aled Davies looks forward to today’s race:

Bianchi has been incredible so far. You have to take into account how much more time Chilton had in the car pre season compared to him!

Great lap by Vettel (he said through gritted teeth) thought Hamilton had done it at one point! Would have been interesting to see what would have happened if it had stayed Dry looked close between Raikkonen, the Red Bulls and Mercedes with Ferrari not far behind.

Rosberg been quicker all weekend than Hamilton. I’m sure I heard or read somewhere before that someone said he is susceptible to not being able to pull out the last few tenths when it really matters – could be a sign of that again here.

Ahould be a great race, Ferrari are usually lightening off the line, Alonso will be desperate to get ahead of Massa and Vettel always likes to lead from the front and control the pace. Behind all that you have Hamilton who will be desperate to get in there and fight with them!
Aled Davies (@Aledinho)

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95 comments on “Tyres “punish” Red Bull for being best – Marko”

  1. Paolo Castro (@paoloandrecastro)
    24th March 2013, 3:49

    I think he misunderstood the difference between fastest car and best car.

  2. Marko is not an engineer, me neither, bus as far as i know more downforce means less sliding. less sliding less tyre wear…

  3. As soon as I see that Helmut Marko is in the news I close my internet browser…

    1. Haha! XD
      It crashes the browser! :)

  4. Marko’s comment summarize the current F1 perfectly: Aero is all that counts.
    F1 with no role for engines (as in “engineer”) is something of a hollow shell.
    The “best and fastest should win,” but engines matter not a whit.
    Are these cars or inverted airplanes?

  5. I do agree with Marko to the extent that the tyres play far too big a role & are far too sensitive.

    Im getting seriously sick of these ridiculous tyres & the fact that there discussed constantly throughout a weekend.

    I’d much rather see tyres similar to what we had towards the end of weekend as they were not the talking point, Were not the biggest factor & drivers could actually push them fairly hard.

    When you have drivers in F1 driving well below the limit, You know something’s not right!

  6. no more redbull domination please.

    1. They only really dominated 1 season, That been 2011.

      In 2010/2012 they had to work hard to get to the championships as the competition was so close with Ferrari/McLaren.

      1. Redbull has been dominating the last three years…. They are still the benchmark even today (save for tyres).

        1. They haven’t though, If they had then the 2010/2012 championships wouldn’t have been so close.

          Yes they have won both titles 3 years running, But they only dominated 1 season, They had to work for the other 2 & had to come from behind last year.

  7. If RBR tested properly during the winter instead of ‘sandbagging’, they would have been better prepared.

  8. Helmut, let me tell you the best car is the one that crosses the line first. If you choose to build your car with the most downforce, or the least drag, or the longest gear ratios, and you don’t win, you’re dong something wrong.

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