Red Bull Gives You Whines
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.
“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