I think we are all aware that tyres have been a major factor in deciding the recipient of the championships for many years now .....bridgestone's ferrari specific design and michelin's renault specific being the glaring examples ; ross brawn equates the influence of tyres to that of the driver or the chassis , and I bow to his superior knowledge
so I did hope that with the introduction of a one make championship this factor would disappear ...and the slight shortening of the ferrari chassis and opposite on McLaren suggested that this would occur , although it would be too much to expect bridgestone to change their design completely in one leap
but although the one make position is now well established , there is still no equality between the teams as regards the suitability of the tyres ; hence tyres remain an influence on not only what car wins , but also on which driver in the team
if you listen to the renault podcast post germany , you will hear that alonso spent the weekend whinging about lack of traction ; question from interviwer ...so you have a traction problem ? response ... no , but he does ! yet his team mate managed a one stopper
in hungary kimi was unhappy on the main tyre , but on the options fastest on the track
when temperatures are moderate hamilton is really fast , but in the hotter temperatures the ferrari's seem faster due to better tyre usage [ I read heikki also gets problems ]
so it seems to me that tyres are still too big an influence on results
solution ? wets as before , but perhaps the tyre manufacturer should produce ,say, 5 standard tyres ready for pre-season testing , and they should be approved by the FIA for the entire season after consultations with the teams ... each driver then selects what he wants for a given race or, if use of 2 tyres is demanded , 2 tyres [ can't remember why it was decided to use 2 tyres per race ]; also all tyres should be able to last half the race distance as a safety factor
personally I think it wrong that kart style drivers like alonso or hamilton should be disadvantaged compared to smoother styles like button or trulli ...or vice versa ...I like to see both !
I don't say that my suggestion is the best , but surely there is a better system than the one that exists ? I want to see the best driver/car combination winning !!
to the optimist a glass is half full ; to the pessimist a glass is half empty ; to the F1 engineer the glass is twice as big as it needs to be