Firstly, apologies if this has already been discussed ad nauseum in other threads already. I couldn’t find a way to search for related older threads.
Aside from Vettel’s early season domination, I’ve really enjoyed the 2011 season so far. Racing has been close and unpredictable and the main reason for this – aside from the weather – appears to be the high degradation of the Pirelli tyres.
However, the one aspect of it that has not sat quite right with me is the number of times I’ve heard “tyre management” mentioned during races – for the simple reason that it prevents drivers from wringing their car’s neck. There’s nothing better than seeing drivers like Alonso or Hamilton on the edge and in full flow, lap after lap, but doing so (particularly this season) is more likely to punish than help a driver in most situations.
Is this more pronounced era of tyre management the price we have to pay for great racing, or would it be better for the tyres to degrade based simply on mileage rather than driving style (excluding wheel locking, off-road excursions etc)? Is it the differing rates of degradation for individual drivers that actually keeps things interesting?
For me, the ideal scenario would be tyres that gradually degrade and fall off the cliff (much as they do now), but don’t degrade faster if you push the car harder. That way we’d get to see drivers on the limit and still keep the great racing we’ve had so far.
I’d love to know what everyone here would do, tyre wise (imagine there is no KERS or DRS).