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PostSubject: F1 pit stop madness to continue   Sun May 19, 2013 7:46 am

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PostSubject: Re: F1 pit stop madness to continue   Sun May 19, 2013 8:23 am

That does seem fair. The tyres shouldn’t fundamentally change because of lobbying from a few teams. The Barcelona race is being overblown, imo.

It was always going to be a strain on tyres with the long, high speed corners.

I am fairly certain at the next two circuits; there won’t be anywhere near as severe degradation as Spain because Monaco and Montreal only have slow turns.

Last year, the tyres initially caused a lot of unpredictably and whacky-results – but teams eventually adapted to the tyres and made them last longer.

Ferrari and Lotus want the tyres to stay exactly as they are....

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PostSubject: Re: F1 pit stop madness to continue   Sun May 19, 2013 8:32 am

Tyre rules are simple. A hard and safe option and a soft but risky option use one or the other.
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PostSubject: Re: F1 pit stop madness to continue   Sun May 19, 2013 8:40 am

I suspect that might result in more dullness, in fact. If there are extreme differences in tyre, teams will simply do a minimum number of laps on the “soft” tyre and complete the Grand Prix on the more durable tyre.

The choice and logic will be obvious. In a way, I like it when compounds are fairly similar (on the basis that they degrade enough to provide entertainment). With compounds of similar speed, there isn’t an obvious choice and cars will suit a particular compound – seeing that play out would be interesting.

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PostSubject: Re: F1 pit stop madness to continue   Sun May 19, 2013 12:49 pm

No no no no no no no, the two compound tyre rules is madness. No stops. No changes in a race. The cars on the softer tyres pull away at the start and the cars on the older tyres catch them at the end.

Or with stops and use type A or type B only.
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PostSubject: Re: F1 pit stop madness to continue   Mon May 20, 2013 6:19 pm

But everybody would elect for the harder tyre that holds up during a race distance – because Sunday is where points are given out.

Perhaps if refueling was allowed, there would be added incentive to complete a headline-grabbing pole time for a slower car. However with the current regulations, I don’t think there would be sufficient incentive to use the soft tyre.

There seems to be a new mentality in F1. Qualifying is no longer so critical;, Alonso for example was happy to start fifth in Barcelona. If you had qualified fifth with the Bridgestone tyres at Barcelona, there wouldn’t be a chance of victory.

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PostSubject: Re: F1 pit stop madness to continue   Mon May 20, 2013 8:39 pm

The soft tyre is faster and as long as you look after it, it will last the end of the race.

It's not the current compounds there proper tyres. The harder is like a Bridgestone soft and the soft is like a Pirelli hard.
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PostSubject: Re: F1 pit stop madness to continue   Tue May 21, 2013 6:01 pm

Jeremy Aardvark wrote:
The soft tyre is faster and as long as you look after it, it will last the end of the race.


That "looking after" part is what would make the top teams pick the harder tyre that is better over a race distance. They may indeed "last", but if drivers are losing time due to conservation, they'll just use the hard tyre.

As the Pirelli's are now illustrating, there is little point in having to manage the option compound when the harder tyre allows drivers to push harder for longer.

This is something that Ferrari have perfected. Ordinarily, the Ferrari isn't the fastest car. However, the car allows the drivers to push whilst protecting the tyres at the same time.

I think the 2014 tyres will be very interesting. The cars will obviously have a lot more torque going through the rear wheels, I wonder how the rear tyres in particular will cope with that. I think they'll be more "traction-limited" in slow corners, because the peak downforce doesn't really kick in until medium-high speed corners.



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PostSubject: Re: F1 pit stop madness to continue   Tue May 21, 2013 9:24 pm

You only need one gambler in a racer for it to work.

The idea is for a the soft tyred cars to pull away at the start, then in the middle third they stabilise with the hard tyres and in the last third the harder tyred cars should catch back up. On theory meaning every last lap is a great one.
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PostSubject: Re: F1 pit stop madness to continue   Wed May 22, 2013 5:08 am

Rules are rules. Pirelli saw the noose put their heads in it and jumped, it is a shame for the sport but it will be corrected and F1 will move on.
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