Four-stop races “is too much”, says Horner

2013 Spanish Grand PrixPosted on Author Keith Collantine

Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Circuit de Cataunya, Barcelona, 2013Red Bull team principal Christian Horner says the Spanish Grand Prix showed the current generation of tyres are too aggressive.

Asked if having four pit stops per car in a race was excessive Horner said: “I think for the fans it is too much.”

“It’s difficult enough when you’ve got all the information on your computers and all the strategy tools. I think it does get too confusing. And I think three is the absolute limit.”

Horner has been among the critics of the current tyres this year. Pirelli responded to complaints about their compounds by bringing more durable hard tyres to this weekend’s race.

“We mentioned it earlier in the year, I got lambasted, ‘it’s Red Bull complaining’,” said Horner. “But I’d like you to find a driver in the pit lane that’s really happy with the situation.”

“I think everyone wants to see the drivers going wheel to wheel and racing each other and it not being so much a strategic element to this racing,” he added.

Sebastian Vettel finished fourth after qualifying third. “We?re not going the pace of the car, we?re going the pace of the tyres,” he said.

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  1. You know what the worst thing in modern f1 is? Hearing from Christian Horner 4 times in one programme.

    1. +1

      You think that’s bad? NBC sports always have a full blown RedBull pre race dog and pony show, in almost every race, gets quiet old since most of the time is the same thing.

  2. You know, only Red Bull is the one actually pushing Pirelli.

    During the final stint of the lap an analyst clearly said and I will do my best to quote “Ferrari said at the beginning of the GP, that they will be on the attack due to their 2 DNF/Low point deficit. However, they are doing close to Qualifying laps right now, especially Massa, and yet they are able to manage the tires in the corners that are crucial but they are still pushing. This whole “tires” moan from Red Bull is just something affecting them, they have Adrian Newey, a “genious” who apparently cannot fix this issue. Look at Lotus and Ferrari, both pushing, almost 40+ ahead of RB. This teams got the winter, practice sessions and of course million dollar factories and technical directors. Mercedes is just a fundamental issue for years. Again this Tire cry from RB team is a joke”

    No i’m not making this up, this was said Live during the race, and I agree, Newey has lost his “genious” title if he cannot have his car work with the Tires at all, Lotus and Ferrari have done their homework, I mean come on. Might be a little too extreme (delaminations) but in no way shape or form do they need to alter the rubber except to fix that delamination issue. Red Bull just sound too used to winning, this is good for the sport, let’s see what Newey can do, after all, he did finally found a solution for their loss of rear grip by Singapore last year…

  3. you’re doing it wrong Horner!

    The Red Bull lobby needs to stop moaning about the tires really. Red Bull might have the most aerodynamic car but it’s not the fastest in Qualifying nor is it in the race. If Pirelli actually go ahead and make the tires more durable, they would be benefiting some teams over the others and that is not acceptable.

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