The difficult relationship between F1 and tyre supplier Pirelli reached a new low at the Indian Grand Prix.
In a weekend where the softer ‘option’ tyres failed to last more than a few laps, it added more fuel to a fire that has been burning throughout 2013.
“Teams say the blistering here is worse than it has ever been in the Pirelli era,” the BBC’s Andrew Benson said on Sunday.
Such was the extreme situation in India that Pirelli gave recommendations to the teams to only run the soft tyres for just 15 laps.
Unlike the MotoGP race a week before, the recommendation was not enforced as Pirelli understood some teams would be able to make the tyres work better than others.
One team that ignored Pirelli’s advice was Force India and Adrian Sutil, who did a one-stop strategy, completing 40 laps on the medium and 20 laps on the soft rubber.
Auto Sport und Motor reported the team’s Sporting Director Otmar Szafnauer admitted stretching the tyre life for so long was “remarkable” but he did shake his head at Pirelli’s recommendation.
After the race Pirelli boss Paul Hembery said afterwards in an official statement: “We are disappointed to see that some teams went against our recommendations and used the compounds for longer than we advised them to do.”
It comes on the same weekend Pirelli renewed it’s threat to quit as it looks for greater testing before the 2014 season, however it is understood Pirelli is not willing to pay for that testing.
“It’s fair to say that Pirelli is not exactly winning many friends in F1 at the moment,” Benson added.
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