Vital Login
Social Login

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's F1, It's Vital'

Pirelli's like raw eggs says Schumacher

It's a fair assumption to make that seven-time Formula One World Champion Michael Schumacher is not a fan of Pirelli's Formula One tyres.



It's not clear if he's just not a fan of this years rubber compounds or if he felt this way last season as well, but the German driver, now racing in a competitive Mercedes, has left it pretty clear where he stands on the tyres in recent weeks.

Speaking after the race in Bahrain Schumacher believed that Pirelli have created tyres that do not allow a driver to race at the limits of the drivers ability or car.

He said: 'The main thing I feel unhappy about is everyone has to drive well below a driver's, and in particular, the car's limits to maintain the tyres,'

'I just question whether the tyres should play such a big importance, or whether they should last a bit longer, and that you can drive at normal racing car speed and not cruise around like we have a safety car.


Since Pirelli returned to Formula One as the sports official tyre supplier, the Italian tyre manufacturer has been working to a brief set by Formula One, to make the racing more exciting, by re-introducing tyre strategy to F1 racing.

Last season there was a lot of talk about the tyre degradation, which obviously suited more drivers better than others. Those with a smooth style of racing such as a Vettel, Perez or Button were able to get the most out of their tyres in comparison to Webber or Hamilton.

But generally it was thought by most in the paddock that Pirelli had contributed to a entertaining Formula One season in 2011.

For 2012 Pirelli have altered the design of their tyres slightly to close the gap between tyre compounds. In Malaysia and Bahrain, teams were split between making two or three tyre stops to race at the cars optimum race pace.

With around a second a lap difference between the tyres pace and then different windows to make the stops, some teams struggled to get the most out of their car, including Mercedes.

Formula One teams are heard talking more and more about the sweet spot at a race weekend, the point where they can make the tyres run to their optimum performance, if they manage it they can go on to glory, ironically like team-mate Nico Rosberg did at the Chinese Grand Prix, if they can't find it, they are likely to be uncompetitive.

Schumacher told CNN ahead of the Spanish Grand Prix: 'I just think that they're playing a much too big effect because they are so peaky and so special that they don't put our cars or ourselves to the limit.

'We drive like on raw eggs and I don't want to stress the tyres at all. Otherwise you just overdo it and you go nowhere.'


However it would seem it's a view that Schumacher holds, but isn't shared by team-mate Rosberg: 'I don't think it is an issue, I think it's good.

'It's a challenge - it's a different challenge, about tyre management. It's very interesting; it makes the racing fantastic also, a lot of overtaking thanks to that as well.'
Rosberg told Sky Sports.

So a clear divide in the Mercedes garage in regards to the tyres, but whose view holds the most weight? A one-time race winner, or a seven-time World drivers champion?








Join Vital F1

It's easy to join up and join in on VitalF1.com, simply click the link and enjoy getting involved!

If you are already a member of Vital Football, your logins will automatically work on VitalF1.com!

The Journalist

Writer: Red5 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday May 9 2012

Time: 11:00AM

Your Comments

doesn't hold back there does he really! He was moaning about them when interviewed on Sky as well.
The Fear
 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Vital F1 Articles

Ferrari to take another step forward (Wednesday April 22 2015)

Ferrari to keep Kimi waiting (Tuesday April 21 2015)

Blog: Bahrain GP Report (Monday April 20 2015)

2015 - Bahrain GP - Race (Sunday April 19 2015)

Blog: Sakhir Qualifying (Saturday April 18 2015)

2015 - Bahrain GP - Qualifying (Saturday April 18 2015)

2015 - Bahrain GP - FP3 (Saturday April 18 2015)

2015 - Bahrain GP - FP2 (Friday April 17 2015)

2015 - Bahrain GP - FP1 (Friday April 17 2015)

Rosberg hits reset button (Thursday April 16 2015)

Blog: Sakhir Preview (Thursday April 16 2015)

Merc set for team-orders? (Wednesday April 15 2015)

Ferrari can win the title says Kimi (Wednesday April 15 2015)

Who will win in Bahrain? (Tuesday April 14 2015)

Blog: Chinese GP Report (Sunday April 12 2015)

2015 - China GP - Race (Sunday April 12 2015)

Blog: Shanghai Qualifying (Saturday April 11 2015)

2015 - China GP - Qualifying (Saturday April 11 2015)

2015 - China GP - FP3 (Saturday April 11 2015)

2015 - China GP - FP2 (Friday April 10 2015)

2015 - China GP - FP1 (Friday April 10 2015)

Blog: Shanghai Preview (Wednesday April 8 2015)

Points will flow for Lotus? (Tuesday April 7 2015)

Who will win in China? (Tuesday April 7 2015)

Manor Marussia on track to recovery (Thursday April 2 2015)

Audio: Post Malaysia (Wednesday April 1 2015)

All options open for Renault (Tuesday March 31 2015)

Blog: Malaysian GP Report (Monday March 30 2015)

2015 - Mal GP - Race (Sunday March 29 2015)

Blog: Sepang Qualifying (Saturday March 28 2015)

2015 - Mal GP - Qualifying (Saturday March 28 2015)

2015 - Mal GP - FP3 (Saturday March 28 2015)

2015 - Mal GP - FP2 (Friday March 27 2015)

2015 - Mal GP - FP1 (Friday March 27 2015)

Bottas to avoid surgery (Thursday March 26 2015)

Alonso clears up mystery crash (Thursday March 26 2015)

Alonso and Bottas cleared to drive (Thursday March 26 2015)

Blog: Sepang Preview (Wednesday March 25 2015)

New Hamilton deal all but agreed (Wednesday March 25 2015)

Bottas hopeful of return (Tuesday March 24 2015)

Alonso to travel to Malaysia (Monday March 23 2015)

Who will win in Malaysia? (Thursday March 19 2015)

2015 - Aus GP - Race result (Sunday March 15 2015)

Blog: Australian GP Report (Sunday March 15 2015)

Blog: Melbourne Qualifying (Saturday March 14 2015)

2015 - Aus GP - Qualifying result (Saturday March 14 2015)

2015 - Aus GP - FP3 result (Saturday March 14 2015)

Van der Garde drops Sauber dispute (Saturday March 14 2015)

Sauber boss could face prison (Friday March 13 2015)

2015 - Aus GP - FP2 result (Friday March 13 2015)

2015 - Aus GP - FP1 result (Friday March 13 2015)

Jordan to auction cars for charity (Thursday March 12 2015)

Blog: Melbourne Preview (Thursday March 12 2015)

Sauber lose van der Garde appeal (Thursday March 12 2015)

Hass will be ready for 2016 debut (Wednesday March 11 2015)

Hamilton resists Ferrari approaches (Tuesday March 10 2015)

2015 Formula One Drivers (Tuesday March 10 2015)

2014 F1 Driver Standings (Tuesday March 10 2015)

2014 F1 Constructor Standings (Tuesday March 10 2015)

Marussia cleared to race (Friday March 6 2015)

Lotus pleased with steps forward (Friday March 6 2015)

Alonso woke up in 1995 (Friday March 6 2015)

Alonso to miss out on Australia (Wednesday March 4 2015)

Archived Vital F1 Articles

List All Vital F1 Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll

Vital Members League (view all)

1. Red5 1049
2. DJ 946
3. The Fear 771
4. Villaininthemerde 612
5. johnkelv 581
6. Druss_the_Legend 535
7. Push The Button 451
8. col8 334
9. The Intimidator 159
10. __villa__ 145

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Will Hamilton remain with Mercedes?
Yes 62%
No - Move to Ferrari 38%
No - Move elsewhere 0%