Pérez hits out at Pirelli over 'embarrassing' pace
9 May 2014 – Force India driver Sergio Pérez has hit out at Formula 1 tyre supplier Pirelli over what the Mexican perceives as an overly conservative approach.
Pérez was 16th quickest during the second practice session ahead of this weekend's Spanish Grand Prix at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya and believes that Formula 1's pace compared to junior feeder series GP2 is 'embarrassing'.
"The problem is that Pirelli is not helping us to help us to push to enjoy more of the driving," he said. "We have a lack of downforce on the car ourselves, but Pirelli is bringing very hard compounds and I think they were a bit worried about the front graining.
"When you look at the difference with the GP2 cars and ourselves it is a little bit embarrassing that the GP2 cars are so close to us.
"Pirelli needs to be more aggressive on their compounds. You will see that on Sunday everyone will follow each other and it is going to be a very boring race. It is not good for the sport."
Pérez urged the Italian company to respond to the complaints made by the drivers.
"I hope Pirelli will listen to us because all the drivers in [the drivers'] briefing are complaining about this," he said. "It is just so difficult to find any grip. I hope Pirelli reacts to this and listens more to the drivers and fans and will actually do something to get more interesting racing. Because like this it will be boring Sundays for the fans.
"I think in general they overreacted with the issues we had last year. They did a good job with the limited time they had, but the current compound is just too conservative."