Alesi: no point complaining about tyres
8 April 2013 – Ex-Formula 1 driver and Pirelli ambassador Jean Alesi says teams should refrain from criticising this season's modified tyre compounds, explaining that the Italian manufacturer has simply created rubber based on the brief it was given last year.
The Frenchman, whose role was announced at the launch of Pirelli's new tyre range in January, is adamant that the best outfits will still come out on top when the campaign draws to a close and has urged the field to hold back on their complaints.
"This is exactly what was asked, and in my opinion just what the sport needed," Alesi said of the situation. "One thing that doesn’t change at all is that the best teams will always be the most successful, so there is no point for anybody to complain because this will always quite rightly be the case, whatever you do with the regulations.
"I raced through many different tyre regulations and suppliers during my career and while they all had different aspects, Pirelli is the company that has supplied the most entertainment to all the fans: so far we have seen two fantastic races."
For the Chinese Grand Prix, Pirelli will provide its Soft and Medium tyre compounds.