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Tyres. The political dramas aside, that word utterly dominated the Bahrain grand prix weekend.
Afterwards, Michael Schumacher admitted he was “unhappy” with the situation. “Sometimes we are driving only 60, 70 per cent through the corners,” he is quoted by Bild newspaper. Pirelli did not take the criticism lightly, insisting it has made Canada 2010-style, heavily degrading tyres to order, for the benefit of the ‘show’.
With 2012 Auto GP welcomed Kumho Tyres as its Official Tyre Supplier.
The Korean manufacturer was eager to support the championship in his decision to provide drivers and teams two different compounds for each race weekend, and even decided to go for a purpose designed “supersoft” tyre for Marrakech, to help the Auto GP competitors in coping with the low level of grip typical of street tracks.
According to two authoritative figures, a tweak or two to the tyre rules is likely for 2012.
Bernie Ecclestone told Italy’s La Gazzetta dello Sport that new supplier Pirelli has done “an incredible job” in providing tyres that degrade quickly in order to spice up the show. But the interviewer told the F1 chief executive that qualifying is often “uninteresting” because drivers choose to save fresh tyres for the crucial race.
Pirelli P Zero Tyres ready for Formula One feeder series’ opening round at Istanbul
Pirelli will continue its comeback to international open-wheel racing when both the Formula One feeder series – GP2 and GP3 – get underway at the opening round of the season at Istanbul Park in Turkey, during the same race weekend as the Turkish Grand Prix (6-8 May).
Successful start for Pirelli tyres
Pirelli enters its second year as sole tyre supplier to the GP3 Series, having successfully completed its 2011 pre-season tests, which finished in Barcelona last Thursday. A total of eight days of testing were completed, with Pirelli supplying its soft compound tyres at Paul Ricard (3-4 March) as well as its hard compound slick tyres at both Silverstone (29-31 March) and Barcelona (12-14 April).
“We did not design our tyres for the specific needs of a driver like Michael Schumacher in mind.”
Pirelli did not design its 2011 tyre, or the product’s forthcoming development programme, with any specific driver in mind. Some drivers, notably Felipe Massa and Michael Schumacher, struggled on last year’s Bridgestones and saw the arrival of Pirelli as an opportunity to race on tyres more suited to their driving style.
Martin Whitmarsh has leapt to Pirelli’s defence amid widespread criticism of the marque’s 2011 tyres.
Some drivers are bemoaning the tyres’ severe degradation, but McLaren and FOTA chief Whitmarsh believes some of those views are unfair. “We complain about high wear, but no one talks about the good grip of the tyres when new,” he reportedly told Motor Sport.
The 2011 GP3 season will feature eight rounds supporting the Formula One Grands Prix in Europe
The GP3 Series was launched last year as a feeder category to GP2, which has been driving talented young drivers directly into Formula One for the past six years. Pirelli was proud to support the inaugural season of this one-make single-seater championship with its ground-breaking 13-inch PZero control tyres.
Fernando Alonso believes F1′s switch to Pirelli tyres is “not good for the big teams”.
There have been widespread complaints about the severe degradation of the 2011-specification products supplied by the sport’s new official supplier. “There will be lots of pitstops,” said the Ferrari driver at a sponsor event in Madrid, according to the Spanish press.