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Pirelli: Tyre change not to blame for recent performances

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Pirelli has hit back at claims the change in tyre constructions brought in from the German Grand Prix are behind some of the recent poor action in races.

In particular the last two races in Spa and Monza, which were dominated by Red Bull and Sebastian Vettel, were also categorised by much improved tyre wear.

At the start of the season all of the talk was about Pirelli and their 2013 specification tyres which few teams were able to get to grips with and as a result saw very high degradation as oppose to last year.

Red Bull in-particular were strongly pushing for changes to be made to the tyres and ultimately won the day after several drivers suffered high speed blowouts during the British Grand Prix.

But Head of Motorsport Paul Hembery insisted there was no link between it's tyres and the recent lack of spectacle.

Hembery stated: "I thought the German and Hungarian Grands Prix were two of the best races we had ever had in Germany and Hungary - so I think that [complaint] is nonsense.

"At the end of the day, Red Bull were leading the championship before [we changed tyres] and they are leading the championship now. So nothing has changed on that front."

The domination by Red Bull and Vettel since the change in construction has certainly been noticed by most in the F1 community but Hembery claims it is not their job to provide an obstacle for the best team and driver.

"We try to do our bit - but there is only so much we can do," he said. "At the end of the day, Red Bull has done a phenomenal job and Sebastian has been great.

"He drove in Italy with some issues, like in the first stint when he had a flat spot from the first corner which probably a younger more inexperienced driver wouldn't have been able to manage.

"So you have to give a little bit of credit there as well.

"He is winning because he is a very good driver as well. It is up to the others to make the packages quicker.

"Red Bull has been on a bit of a roll, but next year there could be a bit of a reset and someone else will gain the momentum."

Heading into the final flyaway races in Asia and the Americas, Hembery said Pirelli will try and add some more spice to the races by mixing up the compounds it takes to certain venues.

"We are looking to try to do some of the races like we did in China and Melbourne, where the top teams have to use the more aggressive compound to qualify and get track position.

"Then hopefully the teams in Q2 take the option of using the harder tyre to get track position after the first stops."

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