Formula One News » F1 2013 – Brawn blames tyre swop ban for drop in performance Posted on 09/07/2013
Ross Brawn believes that the ban on swapping tyres around is to blame for their drop off in performance which was seen at the 2013 F1 German grand prix.
During the early part of the season Mercedes struggled with tyres during the races but in recent races seemed to be on top of their issues as Nico Rosberg won the British grand prix.
“The construction of the tyre has changed and I think the ability to swap tyres before was a good way of offsetting the stress of the tyre,”
“You cannot do it with these tyres, and I think we were back into going over the limit of the temperature of the tyres and suffering from it.
“The first half of the race was pretty horrible. In the second half, the fuel weight went down, it got a touch cooler and we got back in the window again.
“The times were respectable, so it shows how critical we are.
“On high fuel at the beginning of race when we were trying to push we overstressed the tyre, and we need to find solutions to overcome that.”
“I never thought we were on top of the issues,”
“Silverstone wasn’t that warm, and Montreal was not warm.
“I said we would need a hot race, and this [the German GP] was like some of the races earlier in the year where we struggled until things cooled down a bit.”