As with most points in Formula 1, there are usually counter points and the issue of the tires is no different. Yesterday we discussed the comments from Michelin regarding a return to the sport as a supplier. The issue at hand was that the French company would be keen on returning if F1 made some changes to their tire format…namely, ditch the high degradation scheme and make them bigger.
F1 boss Bernie Ecclstone has a differing view to Michelin’s about whether these ideas are good for the sport and according to an AUTOSPORT article, he believes Michelin’s ideas would not be good:
“At the moment Pirelli have gone through a period where they know exactly what we want.
“That’s always difficult for them because if they make a tyre that is a bit on the limit, as we know, they get slaughtered.
“But in the meantime they are prepared to do that.
“All Michelin would do is make a rock-hard tyre that you could put on in January and take off in December because they don’t want to be in a position where they can be criticised.
“That would make absolutely 100 per cent sure, if there was a question mark about Mercedes winning, it would be removed.
“It would be all the things we don’t want, and goes against all the things Pirelli have had the courage to do from what we have asked, which has made for some bloody good racing.
“If we had a rock-hard tyre, we could just forget about that.”
Ecclestone is also unimpressed by Michelin’s preference for 18-inch tyres.
“I don’t like them. They’re horrible looking,” he said.
“We want our cars to look aggressive, to look like race cars.
“Pirelli will always do what we ask them to do, and if we had to have an 18-inch rim they could do it.
“But we change things that don’t need changing, and things that need changing we don’t change.
“At the moment we don’t need to change the tyres because what is currently working works well.”
So that’s the other side of the coin. Do you agree? I have to say that I agree with him regarding Pirelli’s ability to make a tire the series requested regardless of the impact it has had on the company’s reputation.
I also believe they’ve done a very good job of supplying the series with the exception of two years ago when I think they tried to get too infused in the impact by trying to outsmart the engineers. This created all the delamination issues we saw at the British Grand Prix.
Hat Tip: AUTOSPORT