Pirelli’s 2013 approach to F1 baffles Berger

13 March, 2013

Gerhard Berger in Monaco

Gerhard Berger

Former F1 driver and team boss Gerhard Berger has slammed as incomprehensible Formula 1 tyre supplier Pirelli’s approach to the 2013 season.

“Last year, the tyres were quite usable,” the former McLaren and Ferrari driver, and ex Toro Rosso co-owner, told the Austrian news agency APA. “Probably they want to improve the show by providing for one more pitstop (per driver).

“But it cannot be that, having invested millions in the wind tunnels and the engines and the drivers, you go to the track and can’t use the tyre,” said Berger, referring to the recently-concluded winter test season in chilly Spain.

“It’s an unfortunate situation,” he added, acknowledging that the situation could be different at the actual races.

He also acknowledged that tyres have always been a major talking point in Formula 1, but there was often a tyre war, or as Berger described it, a “real game”.

“Now that there is one tyre, it cannot be that it (the tyre factor) governs the entire field,” he insisted.

Berger’s Austrian countryman, the Red Bull team owner Dietrich Mateschitz, agrees.

“It would be good,” he told Blick newspaper, “if we had tyres that did not need to be analysed for days and days.”


  • Forza Ferrari

    Completely agree. I hate how the tyres have been made to artificially degrade faster in order to “improve” the show. I don’t like that at all. Bring in another tyre supplier and this stupid problem disappears.

  • Apex Assassin

    As often as I disagree with Berger… I couldn’t agree more about Pirelli.

  • Durptron5000

    Things have been done with tires for years, it is only because Pirelli is more vocal about what they are doing that the public knows things, in the past, they wouldn’t know and enjoy speculating. People will always complain, if a tire supplier comes in with tires that last half the race and one stops are the norm, people would complain the races are too boring. Pirelli is a legendary tire maker, let them worry about the tires and let us worry about the TV screen.

  • Torque

    Imo they should just bring back re-fueling and make the tanks smaller or something like that, another tire supplier wouldn’t be a bad idea, and if Pirelli doesn’t want a war then they can leave. These artificial rules and such really detract from the sport for me, drs takes most of the skill out of passing, as now you only have to get to within a second to make a pass instead of being on someone’s gearbox and working hard like the old days. Now we have crap tires that Pirelli degrade quickly, I can’t think of anywhere else where tires that fall apart fast is a good thing, maybe Pirelli should start selling a P-ZERO tire compound to the public, I know I’d like tires that last 1 trip to work and back and then I’d need to replace them. What’s next, sprinklers on the track? LOL F1 is getting too big for it’s own good and is dumbing things down to get more of an audience that doesn’t understand what racing truly is. There may have been less passing in the old days but they were hard earned passes and more satisfying in the end.

  • Bollocks

    Pirelli are a joke and anyone who defends their F1 tyres is either a kid who doesn’t know better or a fool that doesn’t know F1.

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