Burton upon Trent, May 21, 2013 – Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone has defended Pirelli – the championship’s official tyre supplier – in a recent interview which has been published on the Formula One website.
When queried about Pirelli, Ecclestone explained: “I asked Pirelli to make tyres that would not complete 50 percent of a race – meaning we need pit stops. And that’s what they did. It is very, very difficult to predict and say these tyres will last 15 or 20 percent of the race because each circuit is different – we are facing very different temperatures, the cars are different, and last but not least each driver has a different driving style.”
Ecclestone added: “In the times when Niki [Lauda] was racing his biggest concern was looking after the gearbox and the brakes – not the tyres. Then we got away from that and the drivers didn’t have to think about anything. Now they have to use their brains and start thinking about how to win races.”
“The easiest thing for Pirelli would be to produce tyres that you put on at the first race of the season and take off at the last. That would be easy, easy,” concluded Ecclestone.