David Coulthard criticizes Pirelli for excessive tire complications, which might affect the racing aspect these days.
Tire management is vital in modern Formula 1 as the correct approach makes the car quicker. However, not everyone likes that. The former F1 driver and the sport’s legend Coulthard believes that there has not been that much concern about tire conditions, while he was behind the steering wheel, which helped concentrate more on the racing itself.
“I’ve driven on Goodyears, Bridgestones, Michelins and actually none of them were what I would call ‘bad tyres’,” he told RaceFans.
“There was obviously times where either Bridgestone or Michelin had a circuit advantage. But they were great companies to work with, pushing the boundaries, lots of new tyre developments.”
“We never spoke about thermal degradation. We never spoke about ‘[you] can’t push the tires’. They peaked when they were new, they dropped off, maybe you got some graining, maybe you got some blistering, but they were tires,” he added.
At the same time, Coulthard is not impressed with Pirelli as their tires do not allow the driver to push to their limit.
“This whole Pirelli era is just confusing to me and boring to me to have to talk about, and super-boring for me to have to listen to the drivers going ‘I was trying to avoid pushing too hard on the tyres’,” the 13-time Grand Prix winner commented.
In the end, Coulthard shares the thought that the ‘tire war’ should come back.
“We’ve got engine wars, we’ve got chassis wars, we’ve got driver wars and then we’ve got one single tyre manufacturer, where all the drivers complain about the tyres.”
“I would rather go to Avons or Goodyear or something and they just have two generic compounds but good tyres and then we don’t have to listen to the bullshit.”