F1 2013 – Eric Boullier frustrated tyres are being changed

Formula One News » F1 2013 – Eric Boullier frustrated tyres are being changed

Lotus team boss Eric Boullier is frustrated that the tyres are being changed half way through a season.

Boullier told the official Lotus website “There aren’t many sports where there are such fundamental changes to an essential ingredient part-way through a season, just imagine for a moment that, because a football team can’t run as fast as its opponent, the dimensions of the pitch are changed at half-time!

“That there are changes to come can be seen as somewhat frustrating, and I hope they are not too extreme. It’s clear that Pirelli have found themselves in a difficult situation and under pressure from different quarters.

“Last year, when we were designing our 2013 car, each team received information from Pirelli and everyone did the best job they could to develop a chassis which would make best use of the tyre characteristics. We even ran with some experimental 2013 tyres at the end of last season, to assist us in confirming our development paths.

“As with every season, some teams do a better job than others with their designs, and some drivers are more adaptable than others to the changes of both car and tyre.

“It is frustrating when you’ve developed a car from a set of tyre specifications which are available to everyone – for tyres that are the same for everyone – to then be told that they are being changed mid-season.”

“We have a team of talented designers and engineers who will be working twice as hard to ensure we adapt to these changes in the most competitive manner,”

One Comment

  1. KevinW
    Posted 17/05/2013 at 15:11 | Permalink

    There are only two teams vocally supporting the existing tires – Ferrari and Lotus. There are four teams very vocal against them, the direct opposition and greatest challenge to Ferrari and Lotus. Red Bill, Mercedes. McLaren and Suber – have all made several comments in opposition of the tires, Force India suffered outright failure in practice and Williams is completely out of the running founded at least partly on the impact of the tires. That’s 8 of 11 teams, setting aside STR who are likely to support RBR’s position, that leaves only Marrusia and Caterham somewhat silen., but never in support of the existing tires. Now, add to this the fact that the tires simply came apart all weekend in Spain, from de-laminations to chunking, they were a complete mess across the board. For Ferrari and Lotus to remain in support of the current junk Pirelli has delivered, possibly unsafe in warm conditions, is self serving and sad. To put this at one teams feet – Red Bull – by these two threatened competitors is transparent and obvious as nothing more than PR politics – the one area Ferrari have used so often it’s a bore. Lotus is just trying to avoid a change that causes exposure of their actual slow pace, covered by pit strategy, putting them well down from where they appear to be – more transparent politics.

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