Pirelli hit back at Alonso over tyre complaints

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Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, Korea International Circuit, 2013In the round-up: Sharp words between Fernando Alonso and Pirelli over the current tyres.


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Alonso criticises Pirelli tyres (BBC)

Pirelli motorsport director Paul Hembery: “I can only suggest [Alonso] goes to ask the soon-to-be four-times champion how to get the best from the same tyres.”

Sauber rule out Barrichello for race seat (Reuters)

Monisha Kaltenborn: “I am ruling out that he would drive for us. Maybe it is better if one is that clear about it.”

Whitmarsh: No Hulkenberg talks (Sky)

“I expect things to work out with Sergio [Perez]. We’re not talking to Nico. He’s doing a good job and certainly deserves a competitive seat next year, but we’re not talking to Nico at the moment.”

Raikkonen says tyre change hurt form (Autosport)

“For me, it was definitely better qualifying on the other tyres, they were a bit more sharp on the front end.”

In Formula One, a Grip Not Easily Loosened (The New York Times)

“While crediting Ecclestone for using his ‘dictatorial style’ to globalise the sport and swell its wealth, Whitmarsh said that the fear that one-man rule has generated has inhibited discussion of the sport?s future. ‘Nobody wants to talk about it openly, because it’s disrespectful of Bernie and because we learned years ago that speaking disrespectfully of Bernie is not good for business,’ he said.”

Korea International Circuit, 2013Korean GP future up in air: promoter (The Japan Times)

“Acting promoter Park Won-hwa said it will be difficult for the event to continue unless F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone makes major concessions on the hosting fee and other terms.”

Fighting to survive: Could this be the last Korean GP?

“An official sign on entry to the Korean International Circuit reads ‘Thank you Mr Ecclestone for the 2013 Korean Grand Prix,’ but cynics think something this toadying is unlikely to facilitate is the cut in fees that the financially imperilled circuit owners are seeking.”

F1 generates excitement in Korea (The Korea Times)

“Under its contract with F1, Yeongam hosts three more GPs after this one until 2016. It remains to be seen whether there will be an F1 event in Korea after that as the GP has been a crippling money loser for the small South Jeolla Province town.”

Ferrari F138 – aero updates (F1)

“In Korea, Ferrari have introduced these small, C-shaped turning vanes at the lower leading edge of the F138’s sidepods.”

Sir Jackie Stewart pays tribute to old mate Francois Cevert (Daily Star)


Comment of the day

Marks will be disappointed by Whitmarsh’s comments on Nico Hulkenberg:

I?m actually quite upset by Hulkenberg not having already been signed. I like Hulkenberg because of his pole in Brazil 2010, that drive in Brazil 2012 and his qualifying and drive recently at Monza. I jumped off my couch in 2010 I was so excited.

Esteban Gutierrez is improving but he?s not got a pole or even close. Hulk did get soundly beaten by Rubens in 2010 yet got that pole. It?s that something extra that Ricciardo, Vergne, Grosjean, Massa, Di Resta, Sutil, Gutierrez and Bottas don?t have (or haven?t demonstrated up to this point). Even Perez showed something last year, which deservedly got him a better ride.

Is it possible that the big teams are afraid of Hulkenberg? That he?s got the potential to out qualify the big four? in any case, I honestly believe Hulkenberg in the same machine (Lotus) could put the car ahead of Webber and achieve third without the help of a Webber grid penalty.

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On this day in F1

Francois Cevert lost his life 40 years ago today when he crashed during practice for the United States Grand Prix at Watkins Glen.

Cevert was poised to take over from Jackie Stewart as team leader at Tyrrell. Stewart was due to retire following what would have been his 100th start, but withdrew following Cevert’s death.

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72 comments on Pirelli hit back at Alonso over tyre complaints

  1. tmax (@tmax) said on 6th October 2013, 2:49

    Ouch that hurts…

    Some strong words from Alonso about Ferrari too. Does that mean McLaren return is immenint !!!!!

  2. Travis (@mcmerctn) said on 6th October 2013, 3:05

    Love that answer Paul Hembery gave Alonso. Not a big fan of tact, so I enjoyed reading that, but certainly not the most PR-friendly thing for him to say.

  3. Diego (@ironcito) said on 6th October 2013, 3:30

    Hembery clearly didn’t understand what Alonso was saying. After reading Alonso’s comments, I have to agree with what he said.

    • Patrickl (@patrickl) said on 6th October 2013, 11:10

      Exactly. It’s like people are just reading the headline and write down their knee jerk reaction.

      I’ve said it before Pirelli got selected as F1’s sole tyre manufacturer on the basis of their promise to create fast degrading tyres. It’s ludicrous. Unfortunately it actually turned out even worse than I imagined.

      Apart from Red Bull with it’s aero demi-god Newey, all the other teams are on some sort of F1 version of musical chairs. Spin the wheel of the tyre lottery and see on which team it stops.

      Even more stupid is the way they try to squash complaints. At some point even the FIA stepped in to forbid drivers to complain that they can’t race anymore on these “tyres”.

  4. iAltair (@ialtair) said on 6th October 2013, 4:11

    Dam, and I thought Michelin will come in for 2014.

    That reply is just uncalled for.

  5. Hamilfan (@hamilfan) said on 6th October 2013, 4:39

    Wait a second , I am not sure that Pirelli is a great smart brand . What they could have done is done a good theoretical analysis and told Mr E , hey the tyres can’t be made without sufficient testing as:

    1) different cars react differently on the long run

    2) It may not work similarly in different circuits ( I mean it in a really bad way ) .

    I am not saying I know for sure but for all we know maybe they did that perfectly and Mr E said he is willing to take the chance for some excitement ( then it’s Mr. E and FIA to blame ). Does anyone know how much pireli is being paid in all of this ?

    Pirelli and FIA ruined it for all of us as FIA locked pirelli in an intangible situation and they said okay lets keep playing and hope things turn out well instead of pressing for a change .

  6. yuya (@john-locke) said on 6th October 2013, 4:46

    Why Keith didn’t pick up “Rosberg and Button are unhappy about Vettel’s words (Whilst there’s a lot of people hanging their b***s in the pool on Fridays, we’re still working very hard and pushing very hard so that we have a strong race.)

    You always try to make people dislike Alonso, but you never does that for Vettel lol
    Always ALonso Alonso Alonso ……

  7. David Bretz (@cynical) said on 6th October 2013, 5:26

    I don’t see how Ferrari and Lotus have been adversely affected by the tyre change since they managed to get on the podium at the last race by making a 2 stop strategy work when others couldn’t.

  8. rwshep (@lonso) said on 6th October 2013, 19:53

    If there’s anybody out there reading this who actually talks to Paul Hembrey, please tell him that his comments in response to what Alonso observed are juvenile. I am a guy who defended Pirelli when many F1 fans were were dumping all over them earlier this season. These fans said that Pirelli makes deficient tires for road cars in addition to dumping on the Pirelli F1 program. I argued that they don’t, in part based on my experience driving a road car with Pirelli tires. For that, I am subjected to Hembrey making a silly comment, claiming that Alonso should talk to Vettel about how a driver gets the maximum out of the current tires. Though Hembrey works in F1, I have to question the quality of his vision or ability to comprehend what he does see.  He’s apparently unaware that in the early part of the season when everything wasn’t going Vettel’s way, he was the poster boy for sniveling about the tires.  Vettel wins for one reason and one reason only: the car which the world caffeine king pays Adrian Newey to design and the bias in Vettel’s favour which is built into the team at Red Bull. On top of that, and this is a point that no-one seems to comprehend or challenge within the ranks of F1, Mateschitz owns two teams with Toro Rosso acting as an in season testing team for Red Bull, a situation that no other team enjoys. While other teams could do the same and might be criticized for not doing so, this situation, involving sniveling, intra-team favouritism, and an in season test team, at least calls into question the real value of Vettel as a driver vis a vis Hembrey’s response to Alonso’s comments. On top of all this, we now have knowledgable F1 insiders like Niki Lauda and Giancarlo Minardi questioning the legality of Vettel’s car and whether cheating is occurring. In this context, Hembrey looks and sounds foolish. Alonso doesn’t need any pointers from Vettel on driving a Formula One car. Not now, not ever.

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