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Red Bull Gives You Whines

By Mav | 13 May 2013 | 10 Comments | 20,337 views

Red Bull owner, Dietrich Mateschitz is the latest to wade into the Pirelli discussion after watching Sebastian Vettel struggle to a fourth place finish in Spain. According to Autosport, the Red Bull boss was locked in a 45 minute private discussion with Bernie Ecclestone and then followed this up with scathing comments about Pirelli’s tyres.
 
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“This has nothing to do with racing anymore,” complained Mateschitz. “This is a competition in tyre management…. Under the given circumstances, we can neither get the best out of our car nor our drivers.”

Helmut Marko even played the safety card: “I wonder when tyre failures will result in severe accidents.”

However, let’s get this right. Red Bull is NOT being hindered by high degrading tyres. What it is being hindered by is by THEIR CAR degrading its own tyres. There is a distinct difference.

Indeed, there is little truth to the teams “having to tiptoe” around the track. Fernando Alonso’s winning race time was only 7 seconds off last year’s winning time. Sebastian Vettel’s race time was 20 seconds QUICKER that in 2012! He was quicker in China too. The way Red Bull have been telling it, you would have thought we’d been running foul of the two-hour race limit. Funnily enough, the race that was slower was Bahrain – Vettel’s winning time was around one minute slower than the time he won the race in in 2012, or some one second a lap, and yet Red Bull were not complaining after Bahrain. I wonder why?

Go back further to 2011 and Vettel was the victor in that year’s Spanish Grand Prix. The winning strategy? A four-stopper. Yet where were the Red Bull complaints about having to make so many pit stops that time around?

Anyway, if all these teams are really so intent to drive flat-out, how come we keep seeing them fuel saving because they have not put enough juice in to get to end of the race at full throttle? Just a few races ago Red Bull were demanding that Vettel hold station behind a fuel-saving Mark Webber – talk about not being able to drive to their full potential!

Lotus are using the exact same tyres but they’re not complaining. Nor are Ferrari. Mercedes, who you might think would have more to complain about, are busy putting their heads down and trying to work out what they’re doing differently from the others.

Red Bull, however, are intent on changing the sport to suit them, rather than adapting to the sport. All they’re achieving is sounding like bad losers.

And Formula One cannot give in to their demands without losing all credibility, so give it rest will you boys.

Credit: Pirelli Tyres

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10 Comments »

  • Pitmonster

    Oh shut up Red Bull, and stop moaning. You’ve won 40% of the races so far this year, so the situation can’t be all that bad, can it?

    If Vettel had won you’d be saying how much you love the challenge of the current tyres, and how hard the team/driver was working – and that it was up to the others to catch up.

    As ever in sport, if you lose you complain that it’s someone/something else’s fault, but if you win it’s all down to you.

    All 22 cars have the same tyres, and the same number of tyres. How you use them is up to you.

    Just shut up and get on with it.

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  • Andy

    You have to say, though, that the de-laminating tires seen at the last two races are a pretty disconcerting sight.

    But, I totally agree with you, shut up Red Bull! Nobody likes a winner that whines.

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  • saltire

    All 22 cars have the same tyres, and the same number of tyres. How you use them is up to you.

    Just shut up and get on with it.

    Well said, I’m a Red Bull fan but I want them to win because they deserve it, not because they throw their weight about to get what is best for them at the expense of the other teams. If any one team seems to be unbeatable, it’s us, the fans who lose out and switch off, the 2004 and 2011 seasons are testament to that.

    Here’s to Pirelli, without the unpredictability their tyres give us it’d be a much poorer season to watch.

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  • kaz

    I don’t want a return to the boring processions that Bridgestone served up.

    Most of the moaning is coming from over excited fan boys who’s favourite driver isn’t winning.

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  • Mav (author)

    You have to say, though, that the de-laminating tires seen at the last two races are a pretty disconcerting sight.

    It is, but not as disconcerting as a full-on blow-out which these tyres are designed to avoid. Sure, ideally we want the metal strengthening belt AND the tread to stay attached to it but I think they’re a step in the right direction.

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  • Mav (author)

    I love Pirelli’s offer to give us back processional racing if that’s we want. Might be worth tweeting @PaulHembery in case he decides to listen to Martin Brundle.

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  • Mav (author)

    Most of the moaning is coming from over excited fan boys who’s favourite driver isn’t winning.

    Maybe but the media seems to have jumped on the bandwagon and they’re a bit louder

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  • Sudha S

    Totally agree with you. I think RBR are indulging in strong arm tactics. When the Pirelli tyres worked for them and other teams were suffering, it was Newey’s genius and Vettel’s intelligence and innate talent that was doing the trick. Now they are crying wolf. Not fair on the other teams that are on top of the tyres.

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  • Steve

    Great post and what a point to make. Couldnt have written it better myself.

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  • reboot

    Excellent selection of facts, it puts things in the correct perspective. SHUT UP you red bull whingers!

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