Webber: Hamilton also struggling in Pirelli era
11 November, 2013
Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton has also struggled to shine on Pirelli’s 2013 tyres claims Mark Webber, who is ending his long Formula 1 career at the end of the season and switching to sports prototype endurance racing for 2014 and beyond.
F1′s controversial tyre supplier, however, is staying put for at least another three years.
Having gone head-to-head with Sebastian Vettel for the Bridgestone-shod 2010 title, Australian Webber has increasingly struggled at Red Bull alongside the German ever since.
Is Pirelli the reason?
“I don’t know if there’s a secret,” Vettel said after winning in Abu Dhabi; his eleventh win of the season, and his seventh on the trot.
Red Bull teammate Webber, in contrast, has not won at all in 2013.
He has said on record that Pirelli’s sensitive tyres this year do not suit his style. Webber thinks Mercedes’ Hamilton is having a similar problem.
“He is having trouble expressing himself on the Pirelli tyres, like me,” he told the Daily Mail.
“It’s not meant to be an excuse, even if it probably sounds like one, but it’s obvious [that] I had less success on the Pirellis.”
Webber said that his strength in fast corners, and Vettel’s is in slow corners, which at least partly explains this year’s results.
“He’s probably the master on the Pirelli tyres,” said Webber. “It’s bad news for the others that Pirelli are staying.” (GMM)
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