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Tuesday 19th March 2013

Mercedes team chairman Niki Lauda has slammed the current tyre situation in F1, claiming that it is confusing fans.

Tyres have become more and more of a contentious topic in the sport, with many drivers complaining that they either can't find the 'hot spot' or that they are degrading too quickly.

Different teams' ability to work the tyres has impacted many a race, including last Sunday's Australian GP where Kimi Raikkonen's two-stop strategy gave him the decisive edge over those who had to stop three times.

Lauda believes that many fans do not understand how the tyres work and as a result are left scratching their heads when they appear to have a variable performance.

"The situation with the tyres is absolutely stupid," Lauda is quoted as telling Bild. "Artificially creating more and more pitstops is wrong.

"Pirelli can't really help it as they are only doing what the FIA ordered them to do, but 90 percent of the time no one understands what is happening in the races now.

"My advantage is that I can ask our Mercedes engineers. The fans cannot. But even our people are confused," he added.

"When the tyres are so soft, it's bad for Formula One. The fans don't understand if there are more than two pitstops. For F1 it's a fundamentally wrong path."
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F1 drivers used to be able to race flat out for 3/4 of a race distance, and look after tires for the rest.
Now its the other way around.
While drivers of all F1 history had to manage their tires to some extent, turning racers into tire managers is BS.
I remember Mario Andretti making up a huge deficit on the old Nuerburgring by driving his car at and sometimes over the edge.
With present day tires, tour de force drives like Schumacher coming from last on the grid to a podium will never happen again imo.
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F1 drivers used to be able to race flat out for 3/4 of a race distance, and look after tires for the rest.
Now its the other way around.
While drivers of all F1 history had to manage their tires to some extent, turning racers into tire managers is BS.
I remember Mario Andretti making up a huge deficit on the old Nuerburgring by driving his car at and sometimes over the edge.
With present day tires, tour de force drives like Schumacher coming from last on the grid to a podium will never happen again imo.
I agree, these latest tyres that are designed to degrade very quickly is impacting on the skill of the drivers and the engineering support teams.
An F1 driver should not be concerned about 'looking after his tyres', but racing to the chequered flag.
A simple 'lock up' with these tyres creates flat spots which means an inevitable pit stop.
We have seen very recently, talented drivers forced to come in to the pits for tyre changes only to be even more slowed down by pit crew mistakes

Get rid of all of these technical hoops to jump through, and get back to racing proper.

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The big teams spending $300 Mio and more per year can't be very happy. To be held hostage to the dictates of one tire manufacturer who has a monopoly.....
One reason for tire degradation has to be the huge fuel load the cars start with / lack of fuel stops.
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