Schumacher hits out at Pirelli tyres
23 April 2012 – After starting 22nd in Bahrain, Michael Schumacher could only rise as high as tenth at Sakhir on Sunday. In the process, the Mercedes driver scored one point but after the race was particularly critical of the 2012 tyres on a weekend when tyre management was crucial, due to the sandy track causing high levels of rear degradation
“The main thing I’m unhappy about is that everyone has to drive well below the driver’s and in particular the car’s limits in order to maintain the tyres,” the 2004 winner told BBC Radio 5 live.
“I question whether the tyres should play such a big role…or whether they should last longer. Then we would be able to drive at normal racing speeds and not cruise around as if we had a Safety Car.”
To make matters worse for Schumacher, tenth place only came when the McLaren of Jenson Button was taken out by a differential problem with two laps to go.