Ferrari also criticises Pirelli tyre changes
17 May 2013 – Ferrari has added its name to the list of those opposed to the recent tyre compound modifications announced by sole supplier Pirelli, criticising the Italian manufacturer's decision to succumb to the intense pressure applied by rival outfits.
Following on from Fernando Alonso's victory in Spain, where the two-time World Champion made four pit-stops, Red Bull owner Dietrich Mateschitz launched a stinging attack by arguing that Formula 1 is now simply about tyre preservation.
Pirelli subsequently confirmed that it would be making changes to its slick compounds for the Canadian Grand Prix onwards, in reaction to both the negative comments and a string of tyre failures at Sakhir and Barcelona respectively.
Using the 'Horse Whisperer' column published on its official website, Ferrari hit out at the changes by explaining: "These are difficult times for people with poor memories. Maybe it’s because of the huge amount of information available today that people are too quick to talk, forgetting things that happened pretty much in the recent past. Or maybe the brain cells that control memory only operate selectively, depending on the results achieved on track by their owners.
"A classic example of this is the current saga regarding the number of pit stops. Voices have been raised to underline the fact that various teams, some of whom got to the podium and others who were quite a way off, made four pit-stops in the recent Spanish Grand Prix, making the race hard to follow."
The outfit added that four-stopping victories are not a modern creation, alluding to Sebastian Vettel's similar triumph in Barcelona two years ago and referring to the strategy ex-Formula 1 driver Michael Schumacher adopted at Magny-Cours in 2004.
"It’s a shame that these worthy souls kept quiet two years ago when, at the very same Catalunya Circuit and on the Istanbul track, five of the six drivers who got to those two podiums made exactly the same number of pit stops as did Alonso and Massa last Sunday in the Spanish Grand Prix," the writer added.
"In fact, there’s nothing new about winning a race making so many pit stops, even discounting those where it was down to changeable weather. One only has to look back to 2004, when Michael Schumacher won the French Grand Prix thanks to what was a three stop strategy, later changed to a four stopper. That was the key which allowed the multiple champion’s F2004 to get ahead of the then Renault driver, Fernando Alonso, who made three stops. And on that day and we remember it well, our strategy and the tyre supplier were showered with praise for allowing us to get the most out of the car."
The Maranello-based outfit summed up: "Today however, it seems one must almost feel ashamed for choosing a strategy that, as always for that matter, is aimed at getting the most out of the package one has available. On top of that, if this choice emerges right from the Friday, because all the simulations are unanimous in selecting it, then why on earth should one feel embarrassed when compared to those who have gone for a different choice, only to regret it during the race itself?"