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2013-03-19 09:06

SOFT TYRES BAD FOR F1? Pirelli's 2013 F1 tyre range has been designed to create more pitstops to "improve" the sport a move implemented since 2012.

Niki Lauda has slammed the tyre situation in Formula 1, accusing Pirelli and the FIA of confusing the fans.

Lauda, a triple world champion and Mercedes team chairman, said. "The situation with the tyres is absolutely stupid.Artificially creating more and more pitstops is wrong."

"Pirelli can't really help it as they are only doing what the FIA ordered them to do, but 90% of the time no one understands what is happening in the races now."

'PEOPLE ARE CONFUSED'

Pole sitter Sebastian Vettel finished the 2013 season opener third on March 17, while Lotus' Kimi Raikkonen did one fewer pitstop and surprisingly won for Lotus from seventh on the grid.

Lauda said the current situation, with the tyres more influential than ever before, is confusing for the fans: "My advantage is that I can ask our (Mercedes) engineers. The fans cannot and even our people are confused.

"When the tyres are so soft, it's bad for Formula 1. The fans don't understand if there are more than two pitstops.  (For F1) it's a fundamentally wrong path."

Pirelli's Paul Hembery hit back: "Many fans have told us they think the racing is more exciting now."

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