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2014-06-06 07:48

GOING SOFT: Mexican Formula 1 driver Sergio Perez (Force India) is one of the drivers criticising Pirelli for supplying the wrong tyres. Image: AFP

MONTREAL, Canada - A group of leading Formula 1 drivers has called on Pirelli to make its tyres softer; the current ones, they claim, are "too hard".

Double Drivers' champion Fernando Alonso of Ferrari complained about the tyres during the recent Monaco GP.

"They are too hard, it's no secret... When Pirelli brings normal tyres we get good grip within two or three laps but harder tyres take eight or nine," the Spaniard said, "but this is what we have. It's the same for everybody so we need to make them work better than the others."


Mexican Sergio Perez (Force India) has also criticised Pirelli for supplying the wrong tyres. "They can maybe go a step softer into the compounds. If you analyse it in many races we have done this year we could have brought the softer compounds.

"It will be more enjoyable for the driver and it will give more options and more changing positions on the strategy."

Pirelli motorsport boss Paul Hembery said the tyremaker was open to switching to softer tyres but, he pointed out that it was a year ago that the drivers called for harder tyres after a spate of high-speed punctures.

"It's a case of moving slowly on a lot of these items because you need to know if you've achieved what you set out to achieve," he said.

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