Monday, 30 May 2011

Pirelli Paul Hembery "True Formula 1 Fan"

Anybody and everybody watching the Monaco Grand Prix knows yet another ridiculous rule ruined what could have been one of the best finishes ever.

The battle for the ultimate victory in F1 was finely balanced between Sebastian Vettel, Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button in the final laps of the race. Button had relatively fresh tyres, Alonso who was right in front of Button had tyres well matured and Vettel in front of Alonso had tyres of OAP status.

With the unbelievable climax in place for the finish it all came to a premature end when the race was red flagged after Vitaly Petrov collected the barriers allowing teams to put on fresh rubber.

With all cars on basically same rubber on the toughest track to pass on in F1 the conclussion was foregone. The three leaders lapped in parade until the finish six laps later.

Pirelli director of motorsport Paul Hembery pushed forward the fans view stating the rule to change tyres should be changed. Speaking to Autosport, Hembry stated

"I can understand there is a safety consideration but I am thinking about it more from a fans' perspective to be honest, I've had a lot of people shout at me from the boats around the harbour and say, why were they allowed to change?"

"It took away something from the race – and the big question was could they have lasted? That is what we were all asking with six laps to go and that was going to be the excitement: would Sebastian hit the [tyre
degradation] cliff?"

"We don't really understand the rule, and maybe we need to ask the teams why they think the should be allowed to change tyres. The race distance was still the race distance, it wasn't extended. The cars had stopped and there had been a safety car anyway. I don't really understand why they are allowed to change tyres, but maybe I am missing something."

"Overtaking is at a premium here, so having the strategic element and such varied strategies, one, two or three stops, gave it an extra bit of intrigue,"

"I think it was a bit of a shame with the red flag of course, because if they hadn't changed the tyres, then they would have had to fight to the end as they were all on different strategies, and the tyre wear and life was very different."

"It is such a shame we were not able to see the finale of the strategy game that had been played."

We need more people like Hembery in F1's power seats. What Pirelli have achieved since they came back to Formula 1 is exceptional. Other tyre manufactures refused to do what Pirelli have done so top marks.

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