Lotus unhappy over ‘very conservative’ tyre choices

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Lotus criticise Pirelli over ??very conservative? tyre choices (BBC)

Alan Permane: “It’s unusual to take the same tyres to Hungary as to Bahrain and Silverstone. We didn’t have those tyres last year. We had medium and soft last year and people did two stops. So it absolutely doesn’t make sense – they’re too hard for that track.”

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Abiteboul: Caterham confident of closing on midfield (F1.com)

Cyril Abiteboul: “I?m not going to make any predictions about where we?ll be after either the next six races or at the end of the year, but we have new parts coming for nearly every race this year so we?re doing what we can to keep fighting and keep learning about ourselves.”

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116 comments on Lotus unhappy over ‘very conservative’ tyre choices

  1. Patrick (@paeschli) said on 15th June 2013, 8:32

    When RB and Mercedes complained about the tyres, we all said that the tyres were the same for everyone. Now it’s the same …

  2. Tomsk (@tomsk) said on 15th June 2013, 10:21

    Someone should tell Alan Permane you don’t get the OBE just for moaning – there’s a bit more to it than that.

    And Caterham won’t get any nearer the midfield by putting Sergio Canamasas in the car. The guy’s a lunatic and should never be allowed anywhere near an F1 car. Even if it’s just a straight-line test (I know this is in poor taste after what happened to Maria de Villota) he’ll find another car to hit.

  3. Elliot Anne said on 16th June 2013, 14:57

    It is quite hard not to feel sorry for Lotus and Force India. They have designed their car on data from last year i.e. the tyres used at each circuit and the parameters laid out for the 2013 season for everybody and spent their limited budget well to make a competitive car. They could probably have made a faster car like Merc but chose one that could could still be competitive but not so hard on it’s tyres.

    Red Bull and Merc complain loudly about tyres, and now the the compounds expected to be used are changed. At least Ferrari have the money to keep up in a development race. It doesn’t look like Lotus and FI will. On top of that, people are now telling Lotus and FI to stop whinging and get on with it. Fair? I don’t think so.

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