Red Bull angered by Sepang tyres

2013-03-22 12:34

SEPANG, Malaysia - Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber could both be accused of losing their grip on Friday after the Red Bull duo launched scathing attacks on what they perceive as tyre wear becoming too dominant a factor in Formula 1.

The pair took their customary positions near the front of the pack during the first free practice sessions for the Malaysian Grand Prix but rather than waxing lyrically over a job well done, the drivers took pot shots at this year's Pirellis.


Webber fumed over the tyres despite topping the timesheets in the morning session ahead of Kimi Raikkonen's Lotus.

He said: "The whole category is geared around tyres at the moment. Everything is around tyres. Tyres, tyres, tyre, tyres, tyres."

The Red Bulls locked up the front row in last week's season-opener in Melbourne but their one-lap speed was negated by tyre degradation in long runs as Raikkonen took full advantage to romp to victory.

Vettel dropped from pole to third at Albert Park and while the German clocked the second fastest time of the day in Sepang on Friday behind Raikkonen, the triple world champion was less than enthused by his own battle with the Pirellis.

Vettel complained that his car was vibrating badly after 16 laps on hard tyres.

He said: "It looked pretty OK but it was quite a mess if you look at how long the tyres lasted. Today, tyre wear was pretty severe for everyone, so obviously you drive way under the potential of the car.

"I hope we have enough tyres to survive the race and it is not a lot of fun and that is how it is."


  • iYesssss - 2013-03-22 15:03

    I agree. I wouldn't want to buy Pirelli as a brand as their tyres come across as rubbish. I understand that they have to make them according to F1 requirements, but Joe Public won't know that, and watching a race where tyres don't last... F1 tyres should be a standard racing tyre to balance the field out.

  • Zubair Ally - 2013-03-22 18:56

    argh shame...everyone seems to be complaining about the tyres so early in the season....when MS complained of them as they were havin too much of a influence on results..peopled called him a has been that a whiner....so why is everyone complaining .......

  • Kwashic - 2013-03-22 22:00

    Niki lauda i say and again i say! Vindicated! I too complained early last week. Its all a soapy now.... scripted by Pirelli

  • Pino Bascelli - 2013-03-23 17:36

    But everybody is running on Pirelli just like last year . The problem is not Pirelli but rather all the other teams have caught up the differences and Red Bull is complaining. This year is going to be exiting.

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