BRAZILIAN START: German drivers Nico Rosberg (left) of Mercedes and Sebastian Vettel of Red Bull lead at the start of the 2013 Brazilian F1 GP at Interlagos on November 24. They year there's a puzzle over rubber. Image: AFP
LONDON, England - Brazilian driver
Felipe Massa says Pirelli's tyre choice for his home Formula 1 GP at Interlagos
in November is "very dangerous".
The Italian tyremaker announced it
would be taking its two hardest compounds to Interlagos -- hard and medium – because
of the high energy demands of the anti-clockwise Sao Paulo circuit.
dangerous," Massa told reporters when asked his opinion during the weekend
of the Oct 12 Russian F1 GP in Sochi on the Black Sea coast.
"I have no idea why they chose
medium and hard and it's completely unacceptable."
F1’s only current Brazilian driver
said the conditions at the circuit could be wet and cold and hard rubber mght
not provide enough grip if drivers needed to take a gamble on dry tyres.
Massa, whose concerns about safety
have been heightened by the horrific crash suffered by friend and fellow driver
Jules Bianchi in Japan this month, also said the track had been resurfaced,
which might cause more problems.
"I already spoke to most of the
drivers, I spoke to the International Automobile Federation, I spoke to everybody, so more than what I did I
think is difficult," Massa added.
"We wait and see."
Pirelli's motorsport head Paul
Hembery was puzzled by Massa's comments, pointing out the hard tyre had been
raced previously at Interlagos, usually the penultimate race of the season.
"It's one of the more
aggressive circuits we have on the calendar and has the risk of creating tyre
blisters. We know that the soft tyre under extreme loads has the potential
to blister," he said.
Hembery agreed, however, that the
new asphalt could be a factor and said the company would double-check that
before the next meeting of the sport's tyre working group.
"If there's unanimous
agreement, we can reconsider," he added, although any change would be
based solely on the technical data.