It depends on the race really. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again that I don’t mind tyres that don’t last an entire race, but I don’t think there should be a defined ‘cliff’ for the tyres. The only way to properly do this would be to design a tyre, which enables teams and driver to race either at full capacity, and run the risk of more pit stops but have far better pace, or go for a slower, kinder approach that enables drivers to really look after the tyres properly.
What we have now, I don’t think the drivers really make that much difference. Yes, they can slow down to slow down the rate of tyre degradation, but that isn’t what Formula 1 should be about, whether it’s exciting or not. If we’re going to have more extreme degradation, then it should be down to the driver (and of course the car) to make the difference. Drivers like Raikkonen and Button should be rewarded for their smoother styles, whilst giving the option to the Hamiltons and the others to be aggressive and race at 100%.
In my opinion, that would be the best way to have variations in strategies. I’m not a tyre expert, so I don’t know how easy or difficult this would be. What I’d like is a combination of the two tyre compounds of Bridgestone a Pirelli. The way the Bridgestone used to chemically react with the track and rubber in, with (slightly less, but) the degradation of the Pirelli. No marbles being thrown off, just a high wear rate resulting in strategies from 1, 2 or 3 stops, based on what the teams and drivers decide.