Lotus miffed at tire change

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Changes aren’t always welcomed unanimously and such is the case with Pirelli’s decision to overhaul the 2013 tire compounds for the Canadian Grand Prix onward. According to Lotus boss Eric Boullier, he’s miffed at the decision:

“There aren’t many sports where there are such fundamental changes to an essential ingredient part-way through a season,” he said on Lotus’s website.

“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.

“That said, 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.”

Chances are Ferrari are none too happy about the situation as well as they have been running well on the current specification tires. It was no surprise that the changes would be met with mixed reviews as Pirelli motor sport director Paul Hembery even fingered Red Bull as they main antagonist and benefactor of any changes the Italian tire maker should make.

Time will tell if the changes damage Lotus F1 or Ferrari’s chances but if Canada finds a resurgent Red Bull, many will cry foul and that may include Pirelli themselves.


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