Webber backs Vettel in Pirelli row: “Seb is right”
Many, our very own Judge and the Chief Editor, to name two, have criticized Sebastian Vettel for his uncensored attack on tyre supplier Pirelli after the Belgian GP, but support is now coming from the last person one would have expected – his former arch nemesis Mark Webber.
“Seb is one hundred percent right,” the Australian told Auto Motor & Sport. “You get slower, okay, but as a driver you must be able to rely on the fact that the tyre stays intact.”
Webber offers a theory that there is a fundamental flaw in Pirelli’s construction. “I don’t buy the explanation that the blow-ups of Nico Rosberg and Seb have anything to do with the compound,” he explained and offered the own theory that the problem is the diversity of tracks the tyres have to work on. “It would mean you could only run five laps in Spa on a Monaco tyre. For me the culprit is the construction.”
Webber explains that it is “blind luck” that no driver had to suffer serious consequences from Pirelli’s approach since they entered F1 and accuses Paul Hembery as Pirelli’s mouthpiece of abusing successfully executed risky strategies as PR gold for the company.
“Imagine Seb would have made those last twelve kilometres. Pirelli would have come out, saying ‘look how fantastic our tyres are’.”
Webber expressed satisfaction with FIA’s attempts to make motorsport safer, but demands a firmer approach to the crucial matter of Pirelli’s products. “You can’t close your eyes for a vital part like tyres,” Webber continued, but admits he is aware of the inherent dangers of being a racing driver.
“We drivers can make mistakes, we have to live with that [risk]. But if you’re reduced to being a passenger, for a reason you can’t influence, that’s where it stops being funny.”
Lotus take-over imminent?
For a short while it looked as if Force India had become the preferred target for take-over and Renault’s return as a works effort, but if latest reports from Autosport.com are to be believed, the pendulum has swung to Lotus’ favor.
According to Autosport, Renault will become a majority stakeholder in Lotus next week, but an official confirmation has so far been as elusive as Pastor Maldonado’s talent. According to Autosport, the take-over will cost Renault eighty-nine million Euro for 65% shares in the team. Gerard Lopez is expected to keep 25% of the shares with the remaining ten percent reserved for Alain Prost, who would assume a management role, comparable to that of Darth Lauda at Mercedes.
Talk is that Renault will come in for the 2016 season with a budget that puts them in the same leagues as Ferrari and Red Bull.