Mateschitz unhappy with dominant role of tyres in F1
29 April, 2013
Dietrich Mateschitz has admitted his frustration with the dominant role being played this year by Pirelli’s heavily-degrading control tyres.
World champions Red Bull have not hidden their displeasure with the situation, putting pressure on Formula 1′s Italian tyre supplier to make mid-season changes.
Pirelli, however, has made only a minor tweak to its ‘hard’ compound for Barcelona and beyond.
Team owner Mateschitz told Austria’s Krone newspaper: “Formula 1 no longer has anything to do with ‘classic’ racing. Today, it’s not the fastest driver in the fastest car winning, but the one with the optimum tyre management.”
“We’ve even had to scale down our car, because the tyres were not lasting. If we really went as fast as we can, we would need 10 to 15 pitstops,” he exclaimed.