Formula 1

Formula 1: Are Pirelli tyres ruining the sport?

Pirelli have promised to change the tyres soon. (©GettyImages)
Pirelli have promised to change the tyres soon. (©GettyImages).

Formula 1 should be about drama, overtaking, speed and thrilling the audience it attracts. Unfortunately things have gone a little different this season for the richest sport in the world.

As we all know tyre degradation is unavoidable, but for years F1 has exploited this by making pit stops part of an exciting race with teams having to adapt to "stop strategies". 

But recently the company that has supplied F1 tyres since 2011 has come under quite a lot of criticism simply because it seems that they have forgotten how to make a tyre that holds together.

The likely hood is that you have seen pictures of drivers struggling to keep their speed as well as tyres. Lewis Hamilton even spoke over team radio that he "couldn't drive any slower." 

This must have been the same problem for most other drivers, which in turn leads to slower races where no one wants to push for positions.

In the last grand prix in Spain, Mercedes qualified with both cars on the front row, but it was a different story for them in the race as both cars tumbled down the grid finishing sixth and 12th. 

In the same race there was a total of 82 pit stops, which on it's own is confusing enough for the fans and it all means that because of slower traffic that haven't pitted, the end of the race is slightly marred with disappointment. Not to mention that qualifying is branded pointless because of all the races disadvantages.

Pirelli have responded by previously changing the medium tyre compound and have promised to change the tyres completely before the British grand prix but until then racing continues to be ruined.


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