Nando wrote:There is nothing that says you can't maintain peak grip and make them last longer.
Bridgestone are proof of this.
Is it possible? Yes. Does Pirelli have the know-how? They have not demonstrated as such. In fact they have demonstrated that they personally don't even understand their tyres fully. Even THEY were surprised when the marbles were all over the place in China.
Back on topic,
I actually prefer the 2010 action. I’m not a fan of driving at 80% through corners. Overtaking to me is a bonus – but not a must have. I’d much rather see 1 driver disappear into the distance in all honesty. I know I’m in a very small minority, but hey, that’s me. I prefer seeing driving and engineering excellence – and how 1 guy or 1 team, whoever that may be, can so comprehensively outclass 11 other teams (or 23 other guys). It's the races like Senna in Monaco 84... and in 91, was it? When he was leading by some 50 seconds? Races like Silverstone 08/09. Like China 09. I know I'm in the minority here, but the sheer excellence of a driver streaking away is what gets me going, rather than overtakes.
I’m actually willing to bet that if next year we had the 2010 tyres back and removed DRS – we’d see more action and more varied strategies than in 2010. I'd like to point to Singapore 2010. Kubica had a puncture with either 6 laps or 8 laps to go. They pitted him and slapped primes on. Even then; in 8 laps he carved his way back through and only finished 7th (he was in 6th when he got the puncture). Point being - I think teams were being slightly "blind" to how much pace advantage a fresh set actually could give them (in 2010) and decided track position was better. I remember seeing Bahrain 2010 and the cars even LOOKED slower than they did in qualifying. Fuel? Tyre management? I don't know. But they could probably have afforded to be more aggressively racy and attacked with a more-stop strategy.