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Err, OK. They should get to work on better, safer windscreen wipers and pedestrian impact zones too.

Even go kart racing uses control tyres!

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So Bibs, you're asserting that motor sport is nothing more than a waste of precious resources and therefore should be banned ?

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Whenever did F1 work on developing longer-wearing tyres?  If there weren't control tyres, the tyres would be super-soft and all races would have 4 stops or more.

 

The "waste of precious resources" arguement could be applied to any sport or entertainment.

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So Jim Clark didn't run 4 Grand Prix including practice and qualifying on 1 set of Dunlops ?

And now we cant run 1 grand Prix on 4 sets.

The whole rule book needs to be rewritten, try making it "Only 6 people out of the garage for a pit stop" slow the pit stop up and you force a longer wearing tyre.

It'd 2013, F1 needs to focus on sustainability or become redundant, if it isn't already.

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The points have been made that all the teams kniew the rules, and thus the tire issues, off the bat and that motor racing has to strike a balance. I see the balance as being among a number of potentially inconsistent concerns, e.g. speed, safety, cost, etc. It strikes me that the tire construction in recent years, and this year in particular, has pushed the balance point too far to the tire management side.

 

The result is that F1 and endurance racing have effectively swapped positions.

 

Back in the day, and not that long ago, a team running Le Mans would commonly run at a pre-determined pace for most of the race in order to conserve the car. if the race went well they would then hope to be in position and have enough car left for a closing sprint for position. In recent years it has become almost a cliche that Le Mans has become a 24 hour sprint.

 

On the other hand, F1 has historically been a full out sprint for most of the race. However, the demands of managing wear of the Pirelli tires has turned recent F1 races into 300 km tests of endurance. Instead of full out racing we now see F1 cars running to a pre-determined pace in the hope of having enough left to gain some positions at the end of the race.

 

I realize that this is a bit of a simplification and that race strategy has always been important in F1. I still think that the series has badly missed its balance point and needs to do something to bring back more raciung and less tire management. Something as basic as a 10 - 20% increase in tire durability may well do the trick.

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So Jim Clark didn't run 4 Grand Prix including practice and qualifying on 1 set of Dunlops ?

And now we cant run 1 grand Prix on 4 sets.

The whole rule book needs to be rewritten, try making it "Only 6 people out of the garage for a pit stop" slow the pit stop up and you force a longer wearing tyre.

It'd 2013, F1 needs to focus on sustainability or become redundant, if it isn't already.

 

I don't believe the tyres were specifically designed to last that long at the expense of performance.  Rather, that was the state of the art at that time as super-soft compounds were unheard of.  Pirelli are only doing what they were asked to do.  They have said they could easily make a tyre that would last the whole race without being replaced but that would probably lead to no overtaking.

 

Red Bull didn't complain when they won the Spanish GP using 4 stops a year or two ago.  Much fuss about nowt.

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