Pirelli rebuke criticism of ‘random’ F1

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The 5th winner in five races has a few Formula One fans scratching their collective heads as to what exactly is going on in the series this year but a lot of fans don’t care what’s causing the random nature of the championship because they’re excited by the results…the randomness of the series.

Regardless of which camp you are in, Pirelli’s Paul Hembery says that people need to get over the notion that the randomness of this year’s championship is a problem. Hembery told AUTOSPORT that it’s actually a good thing:

“The vast majority of feedback we get is that people are enjoying the races,” Hembery said. “At the start of the year, if we had said five different winners and five different cars then everyone would have suggested you had been smoking something – but we have got it.

“And I think the vast majority of fans will be pleased to see exciting races. Anyone who begrudges [Pastor] Maldonado’s win in Spain with Williams is someone who needs to get out a bit more, because the whole paddock was delighted. I think for a lot of people’s views, that is what they want to see.”

We’ve discussed the idea of whether the tires this year are too much of an impact and recently Red Bull owner Dietrich Mateschitz has been critical of the ‘lottery’ the tires seem to represent in Formula 1 this year.

Hembery says that to question Maldonado’s win is to be an isolated and I am not sure I’ve seen any fan, not happy with the Pirelli impact on races, discounting Pastor’s terrific drive, they just wonder if Williams F1 is really the car to beat in 2012. What do you think of Hembery’s position? Pirelli have done what F1 asked and it’s hard to fault anyone at the Italian tire maker for the impact their tires are having on the sport but perhaps, as Hembery suggests, is that even a question that should be asked or is there really any ‘fault’ or blame to be handed out? The series is exciting and the results are too.


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