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Schumi says Pirellis a yolk

2012-05-09 07:47

LONDON, England - Mercedes' Michael Schumacher has criticised Pirelli's Formula 1 tyres by saying they make him feel like he is driving on raw eggs.

The seven-times World champion, who has not stood on the podium since he began his comeback in 2010, told CNN in an interview that the Italian tyres were having too much of an effect on racing.

'LIKE ON RAW EGGS'

"They are so peaky and so special that we don't put the cars or ourselves to the limit," he said ahead of this week's 2012 Spanish GP in Barcelona, the start of the European season after four long-haul races.

"We drive like on raw eggs and don't want to stress the tyres at all. Otherwise you just overdo it and then you go nowhere," said the 43-year-old German, who won his titles with Benetton and Ferrari.

Pirelli replaced Japanese brand Bridgestone as the only tyre-supplier at the end of the 2010 season and has been credited with livening the racing with tyres that are less hard-wearing.

Schumacher, whose team mate and compatriot Nico Rosberg won the 2012 Chinese GP in April - the first victory by a Mercedes works team driver since 1955 - also criticised the tyres after the 2012 Bahrain GP.

'HE WAS VERY HAPPY'

Schumacher had complained then that drivers could not push their cars to the limit because of the need to save the tyres. Pirelli responded to that criticism with "disappointment" and pointed out that the former Ferrari driver had seemed happy enough before the season started.

"Others were getting on with the job and getting their tyres to work," motorsport director Paul Hembery said. "His comments during winter testing were that he was very happy with the tyres; now he seems to have changed his tune."

Reuters

Comments
  • Alan - 2012-05-09 09:47

    That's what Pirelli were asked to do, Schumi - add an extra element to the racing to make it more exciting. And the racing HAS been so much more exciting. If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen....

      Dewald - 2012-05-09 10:23

      Schumi knows what he is talking about. The guys do preserve the tires. Remember what happend to Kimi in China when he droped places in the last 4 laps, because of tire wear!

      James - 2012-05-09 13:27

      Well the truth is that the Italians could not meet the Japanese grip v durability levels. Hence we asked them bs. Come to think of it they can't compete with the Japanese in any field.

  • James - 2012-05-09 13:21

    In the good old days a Colt 45 was the equaliser,now, it's a Pirelli.

  • LeRoux - 2012-05-09 13:40

    Well, every one races with the same tires, presumably. So even if they have to wind old bicycle tjoeps around the rims, there will be some one taking the first place and the last. You just need to make it work, as every one else does... Schumi's aggressive drive style is not helping him any more. Smooth it out old man or imagine that the road is wet and you have to short shift.

  • Mpho - 2012-05-09 15:05

    I agree with MS, the Pirelli's are having too much of an effect on outcome. Some of us want to see the cars flat out and real aggression from the drivers. These Pirrelli's are not good for marketing their products for neither races or normal cars. If they continue this way they shouldn't be surprised when they are out of business.

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