Mateschitz: Nothing to do with racing
14 May 2013 – Red Bull owner Dietrich Mateschitz was not amused following the Spanish Grand Prix. Not just because his team was unable to win in Barcelona, but mainly because the current battle in Formula 1 is all about managing the Pirelli tyres.
“This has nothing to do with racing,” Mateschitz told Austrian newspaper Salzburger Nachrichten aid in Barcelona. “Formula 1 has become a race of managing tyres. This is not the way we should want to see racing.
“In the current conditions you can't get the maximum potential out of the car and drivers. The fight for pole position is not just about setting the fastest lap but all about setting a fast lap while saving the most of your tyres. If we would race on the maximum we would require eight to ten pit-stops.
Mateschitz furthermore said that he believes a Formula 1 driver shouldn't do more than two or three pitstops. This is something Pirelli has promised to work on.