Whitmarsh blames tires for F1 bore-fest
Martin Whitmarsh has suggested that Bridgestone’s Formula One race tires are too good and the Japanese manufacturer needs to make tires that wear out quicker as that will add a little more spice to a Formula One race. However, Bridgestone has told AutoRacing1.com in the past that they do not want to do that because if a driver blames his tires for losing the race it is a bad reflection on Bridgestone and they certainly are not in racing to make themselves look bad.
In Sunday afternoon’s season opener here in Bahrain most runners only completed one pit stop and according to the McLaren team boss, this helped to create a dull and boring event that needs to be rectified as soon as possible.
Whitmarsh has suggested that Bridgestone create a tire that won’t allow drivers to go the distance....
"We were one of three teams that said we should have two mandatory pit-stops because we were worried about others one-stopping. I think we have to re-examine that,” he told the BBC. “But I think if we can now push on Bridgestone to have 'racier' tires, we need a super-soft tire that is really going to hurt if you take it to 20 laps. You shouldn't be able to do that with a super-soft tire and I think even the prime, if it's a struggle to get it to do half a race distance, then you force it.”
"The tires were much closer in the race than we expected and they determined the spectacle. There was no real serious degradation of the tires, we started the roll of pitstops because we were trying to get ahead of [Nico] Rosberg and everyone started to come in at that point. But otherwise, just based on tire degradation, we could have run to lap 25 or more on the super-soft tires. If you can do that on the softest tire, then the primes are just going to romp through for as long as you like."
"Formula 1 has to be entertaining, people have to be switched on to what is going to happen in the race, if it's processional they are not going to be. Today was not the best show, we know that and we have all got to work together to improve it. I personally believe that more challenging tires will help the spectacle of the show," he said.
"I also personally believe that we should have two stops mandated because we want to stop this. Today, if we had had a safety car on lap five, we'd have all piled in [to the pits] and we'd have all gone on the prime tire and run to lap 49 without a stop. That was a real danger. I think that the tires are allowing you to do that, I'm not trying to pass the blame. We are all in this together”
“We do need to look at mandating stops, we do need to look at the tires and make them more fragile, and we do need to work on making the cars capable of racing close together and easier to overtake. Unfortunately the double diffuser, and we have all got them, has really worked against that in the last two years, we have got rid of it for next year but that is arguably a year too late. What can we do this year? It's go to be work with Bridgestone and potentially mandating more stops in the race."