May 14, 2013
Whining Pays Off: Pirelli Will Change Tires To Suit RBR and Mercedes
At the beginning of the season all teams were given the same tires, the same way they were given specs for the width of their rear wing or the height of the nose or the displacement of their engines. Some teams did their homework and figured out how to successfully to deal with those challenges, some have not.
Lotus, Ferrari, Force India are the teams who worked it out, Red Bull, Mercedes and Mclaren, not so well yet those teams, especially Red Bull have been loudly whining in public about Pirelli and four stops being too many. Never mind that in 2011 when Vettel won, he did so on a four stopper with lap times very similar to Alonso this year ( Check out stats on that bottomless well of stats that is F1fanatic.co.uk Vettel 2011, Alonso 2013 ).
You did not hear Red Bull complain then like they did this week. Pirelli have decided to give in to pressure today, understandable as their public image is getting damaged and their F1 renewal not being confirmed publicly yet.
Is it fair, to change the playing field halfway through the game or does it smell of desperation from teams who could not figure it out?