Lotus still unhappy with “conservative” tyre choices

2013 F1 seasonPosted on Author Keith Collantine

Kimi Raikkonen, Lotus, Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona, 2013Lotus have repeated their criticism of Pirelli’s tyre choices for the upcoming races.

Pirelli has selected the hard and medium tyre compounds for the Hungarian Grand Prix, a race where the super-soft and soft rubber was used two years ago.

Lotus’s trackside operations director Alan Permane said the selection “certainly seem conservative and contrary to the supposed approach for the tyre allocations in 2013”.

“The individual compounds ?ǣ supersoft, soft, medium and hard ?ǣ were made softer for each grade this year in order to present teams with a challenge, which is what we saw at some races earlier in the season. That work is undone if you simply allocate harder compounds for races, as we?ve seen with those nominated for the next three rounds.

“It?s certainly unusual to take the same tyres to Hungary as to Bahrain and Silverstone. The situation is quite similar to last year when the allocations went harder late in the year and we just ended up doing one-stop races.”

Rival team Red Bull had called on Pirelli to produce harder tyres to meet the original target of fewer than four pit stops per race, as was been in Barcelona.

“Of course, there are teams who are eager for the tyres to be more durable; whether through changes to the tyres themselves or changes to the allocations for races,” said Permane.

“In contrast, we?re firmly in the camp that the approach to tyre allocation should remain as agreed by the sport before the start of the season, and not be changed part-way through the year.”

Team principal Eric Boullier said Pirelli should be prepared to change the allocation based on how the next races unfold:

“We trust Pirelli?s judgement in these matters as they have all the data to analyse and listen to the concerns of all the teams; some of whom are very keen to see the tyres changed, some of whom are very keen to have the tyres left as they are.

“Let?s see what happens in the next three races for which the allocations have been made and see how that impacts on future allocations.”

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