Pirelli says they are not interested in reviewing their tire compounds until at least the Bahrain Grand Prix so we’d better get used to the idea of the high degradation compounds being the focal point of derision for teams like Red Bull and possibly others.
Red Bull has been the most vocal about the manner in which the tires are impacting their performance so far this year but Pirelli motor sport boss, Paul Hembery, says that they see no reason to accomodate just one team:
“If the whole paddock is saying something then that is a bit different,” he said.
“You have to do something and make a change and do something different, but if it is isolated and you work out why their concerns are coming forth, because it is not what they say on the surface it is something deeper than that, and you try and work it out.
“We think we know what it was and what it is, but if you go away and do things for one team you will have the whole paddock in uproar.”
No doubt you can’t favor one team but I doubt Recd Bull are the only team concerned about the tire performance so far. McLaren’s Sergio Perez was also critical of the tires as well. The issue could be in a majority versus minority opinion to prompt Pirelli to re-examine their rubber. The fact is, the Malaysian Gr4and PRix may have been more impacted by driver battles than tires according to Hembery:
“I think we have to be happy,” he said. “The two leading teams clearly had issues between the drivers, that maybe took away from what would have been an interesting finale.
“As for wheel to wheel stuff… it is something we will have to review after four races. It is still very early days.”
That seems a bit of a convenient scape goat if you consider the teams were driving and holding station due to tire degradation and rubber preservation… a catch 22 no doubt. Not to be confused with a Multi 21 though.