Marko calling for further tyre changes
30 April 2013 – Helmut Marko, advisor to reigning World Champions Red Bull, has reiterated his dissatisfaction at the current tyre situation in Formula 1, with the 70-year-old yearning for Pirelli to overhaul its "restrictive" compounds for the remainder of the 2013 season.
The Italian tyre manufacturer came under massive pressure to change its rubber during the first four flyaway weekends, but it stood firm in a recent meeting and has only opted to tweak its Hard compound for next month's Spanish Grand Prix.
"We want a tyre that does not restrict our potential," Marko told a group of journalists at the Red Bull Ring in Austria. "It ought to be that you can get the maximum out of the car. Currently it is a compromise, the car has to be adjusted to minimise pit-stops.
"We have two top drivers, which is not cheap. Then you have to tell them not to drive flat out through certain corners and that is not easy. This distorts competition."
Although the tyre situation continues to leave Red Bull feeling aggrieved, the team holds a lead of 16 points over nearest rivals Lotus in the Constructors' standings.