News On F1 - Formula 1 News, Results, Information and Statistics

Formula 1 Store
F1 Tickets, Tours, Gear
F1 Books
& Biographies

2013's F1 tyre saga races ahead to Hungary

Formula 1 News - July, 2013

F1 Merchandise
Main Page
Formula 1 News
2016 F1 Schedule
2016 F1 Line-up
2015 F1 Results
F1 Teams
F1 Drivers
10 'n' Pole
Register - Submit
F1 Regulations
The Forums
Live F1 Coverage
Motorsport Shop
Motorsport Calendar
Tim's Blog

F1 Merchandise UK
F1 Merchandise USA

F1 Tours
F1 Tickets
F1 Diecast
F1 Videos
F1 Games
F1 Trivia
NewsOnF1 on Twitter
MotoGP Tickets
Past Formula 1 Seasons
2014 F1 Results
2013 F1 Results
2012 F1 Results
2011 F1 Results
2010 F1 Results
2009 F1 Results
2008 F1 Results
2007 F1 Results
2006 F1 Results
2005 F1 Results
2004 F1 Results
2003 F1 Results

2002 F1 Results

2001 F1 Results

2000 F1 Results

1999 F1 Results

1998 F1 Results

1997 F1 Results
Contact Us
Your Say
Diagnosis & Prognosis
By the Heretic
Controversy Corner
The Real Race
By the Quali-flyer
F1 Testing
F1 Team Reports
8 'n' Pole
2010 World Cup
2006 World Cup

Jul.8 (GMM) After the chaos of Silverstone and the subsequent boycott threats, there were no more exploding tyres throughout the Nurburgring weekend.

But Pirelli is still a major point of discussion.

The Italian supplier reacted hurriedly to the British grand prix crisis by rushing into use the new kevlar-belted rear tyre.

And in Hungary late this month, after the young drivers test at Silverstone, an all-new tyre - the 2012 construction fitted with 2013 compounds - will debut.

Or will it? Sebastian Vettel suggested Pirelli might change its mind after the forthcoming Silverstone test.

"I think Pirelli will make up their mind then," he said. "So I think at this point we don't know which tyres we are probably running in Hungary."

Lotus had initially blocked the introduction of the new kevlar tyres on sporting grounds, but ultimately had a highly-competitive weekend at the Nurburgring.

"I think we'll have to ask Pirelli to keep this weekend's specification of tyres for the rest of the season," said team boss Eric Boullier.

So it seems the latest argument about tyres is kicking off.

Mercedes, for instance, have been pushing hard for the tyre change, believing that the steel-belted construction was overheating more than the kevlar ones would.

But the German team struggled markedly on Sunday.

"A very strange, disappointing weekend after the highs from recent weeks," said Nico Rosberg.

Pole sitter Lewis Hamilton was even angrier.

"I have to hold myself back -- I have nothing positive to say about these tyres," said the Briton.

"If you can't get past a Sauber, you know you have issues, especially when you were over a second faster in qualifying."

Team director Toto Wolff told Germany's Sky: "It's kind of strange that, within one week, a winning car is now fifth or sixth.

"At least by not testing at Silverstone we have more time to think," he joked.

Like the now-struggling Mercedes, Red Bull had also pushed for the change, but Vettel duly raced to victory.

"Our compliments to Pirelli," said the championship leader.

"They had a lot of criticism after the last race but it looked like they made up for it this race," added Vettel.

Insisting he was speaking only on behalf of "safety", he said: "Whether it suits your car or not is secondary."

But that's an easy thing for a race winner to say. For a team like Ferrari - who like Lotus initially resisted the change - the jury is still out.

Asked if the change has affected the balance of power, team boss Stefano Domenicali admitted: "Of course, although I cannot say exactly to what extent," he is quoted by Russian website

Red Bull's Dr Helmut Marko duly disagreed: "No, I would not say that.

"I think the situation overall is quite normal," he is quoted by Speed Week.

Pirelli's careworn Paul Hembery commented: "We have become a scapegoat for some of the problems in this sport this season.

"I think formula one should be a little more courteous to its tyre manufacturers," he is quoted by Germany's RTL.

comments powered by Disqus
If you are using Internet Explorer, make sure you set your document mode to IE 8 (Alt+8) or via F12 to see and add comments

10 'n' Pole Formula 1 Tipping Competition - Have fun and win - Register

Latest Formula 1 News Headlines
09 Aug: F1 should start 2021 engine planning now - officials Comments
09 Aug: F1's Brazilian duo face uncertain future Comments
08 Aug: Bottas has Renault 'offer' - source Comments
08 Aug: Only 'good offer' would restart F1 career - Buemi Comments
08 Aug: Rosberg lacks Hamilton's 'killer instinct' - Marko Comments
08 Aug: Only new rules can stop Mercedes - Alonso Comments
08 Aug: Newey 'fully motivated again' - Horner Comments
05 Aug: Ecclestone credits Verstappen for Heineken deal Comments
05 Aug: Montezemolo struggles to hold tongue over Ferrari Comments
05 Aug: Wehrlein defends performance against Haryanto Comments
04 Aug: Ecclestone to 'sell' F1 radio coms - report Comments
04 Aug: Sirotkin in running for Renault seat - father Comments
04 Aug: Hulkenberg hails McLaren-Honda progress Comments
04 Aug: Marko plays down Kvyat axe rumours Comments
04 Aug: Renault could turn blue for 2017 - reports Comments
03 Aug: Mercedes, McLaren in dispute over engineer Comments
03 Aug: Wolff urges Renault to sign Ocon Comments
03 Aug: Lauda to help Rosberg bounce back Comments
03 Aug: Father defends Magnussen's F1 commitment Comments
03 Aug: Marchionne 'not satisfied' but staying the course Comments

The latest Formula 1 News

Back to the main news page

Back To Top

F1 Tickets
Chinese F1 GP
Belgian F1 GP
Singapore F1 GP
Italian F1 GP
Abu Dhabi F1 GP
Few tickets still available
MotoGP Tickets
British MotoGP
Czech Republic MotoGP
San Marino MotoGP
Valencia MotoGP
more Motorsport Tours & Holidays

Official 2012 F1 Season Review

Autocourse 2012 Annual

F1 Merchandise US

F1 Merchandise UK

Formula 1 Yearbooks

Ayrton Senna

Past Formula 1 Drivers