Kimi Raikkonen doesn’t agree with the criticism of the current generation of F1 tyres.
The 2013 tyre range produced by Pirelli has drawn fire from some teams and drivers for forcing them to back off during races.
But Raikkonen says it isn’t a problem. “I think you can push on these tyres, but it?óÔé¼Ôäós never perfect,” he said. “You cannot always push 100%.”
“I think they are very good in qualifying and have good grip, so it?óÔé¼Ôäós up to you and you have to look after them a bit more in the race.”
“It?óÔé¼Ôäós not really any different from last year ?óÔé¼ÔÇ£ at least for us anyway ?óÔé¼ÔÇ£ so I don?óÔé¼Ôäót really understand why people are complaining.”
Team principal Eric Boullier said Formula One had been supplied with the tyres it asked for: “As a sport we asked our tyre supplier, Pirelli, to provide us with tyres which encourage different strategies and adapting to this is part of the competition.”
“We?óÔé¼Ôäóve seen some great racing so far this year and Pirelli can take some of the credit for this. We are all allocated the same tyres so it?óÔé¼Ôäós up to us as teams and the drivers in the cars to make the most of them.”
Pirelli will supply a more conservative tyre range for this weekend’s race than they originally planned, swapping the soft tyre for the medium compound.
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