digitalrurouni wrote: ↑
Tue Oct 30, 2018 3:07 pm
So the tires did not change right? I mean it's the same tires that have been used before in the season. So is it really the fault of the tires or is it the fault of Pirellis messing about with tire pressures?
Largely Pirelli's fault, mainly as the tires have worked extremely poorly at many tracks, just not flat out failed to work as they did here. In Austria they blistered so much that you could literally cruise to the end of the race but if you pushed, particularly when completely new, they blistered almost immediately leaving them getting destroyed quickly.
Other tracks from preseason it was clear they were overheating so badly with the blistering that Pirelli had to make the tires thinner to work in France, SPain and, was the other one a resurfaced Silverstone? At other tracks the tires just grained almost immediately like Monaco, frankly the pace was also disastrous there and the tires didn't work but both due to lack of overtaking, lack of pace and helped by Ricciardo's engine going out there wasn't as much blue flag passing going on and the gaps were smaller. At track with a big more legs as Mexico that graining created a far bigger difference between the teams.
So Pirelli brought what for me are unworkable tires, a few tracks they work but even then the way they degrade is completely wrong. A hard thermal limit past which you can't push and it's far too low.
Lets say the softest tire can work up to say 140C now, but due to the design everyone pushing even a little hard these tires go to 150c, so to keep them under 140c everyone is cruising. What you need is the tires to degrade badly past 155c, degrade faster at 150c while providing more performance and degrade more slowly at 140c while providing less performance. It just seems like the way the tires work and the point they degrade is completely mismatched so the only choice for everyone is taking it stupidly easy to keep grip.