Decision to bring thinner treads was a collective one say Pirelli.
Conspiracy theory has been doing the round that the introduction of thinner treads at the Spanish Grand Prix was to help Mercedes, and this theory gathered steam after Lewis Hamilton secured the fastest Spanish Grand Prix win.
The statement from Pirelli should put an end to this. According to a report by Autosport, Pirelli has said “the decision to reduce tread depth by 0.4mm, as a result of blistering suffered in testing thanks to the increased loads at the resurfaced Barcelona circuit, was made early last month.”
According to Pirelli the change had the desired effect of preventing blistering as 10 of the 14 drivers who finished the race made only one pit stop.
Pirelli racing manager Mario Isola told Autosport “If you have a high level of blistering affecting all or most of the cars, you have a lottery not a race.”
He further said “I don’t think that the slight modification in the tread thickness changed the balance of the performance of different cars.”
He also mentioned that it is their responsibility to provide each team with same product which is safe and suitable for the circuit.
Earlier when Mercedes’ boss Toto Wolff was asked to comment on the speculation that they influenced the decision to bring tyres with thinner treads he said, “Is bollocks a bad word in English?” And added, “Rubbish. All teams had blistering, very heavy blistering at the test in Barcelona.”
Vettel also suggested that the new tyres might have made it more difficult for Ferrari to get the tyres working compared to Mercedes. But he also said, “they changed but they changed for everyone.”
Moreover, Pirelli racing manager Mario Isola said that the decision to change the thread thickness was made in consultation with teams.
“We investigated the reason why we had this blistering, and to be sure that the track surface played the biggest role and not maybe the new cars or the new compounds we had to wait until Melbourne,” said Isola.
“Once we confirmed that in Melbourne everything was back to a normal situation, I personally contacted all the teams to ask for their opinion and I collected different opinions.
“After that, we had an internal meeting in Pirelli where we evaluated everything and then we prepared a report for the FIA explaining why we were requesting this change.”
Now the clarification should douse all speculations and conspiracy theories. People should accept that Mercedes dominated the race with superior performance and other teams should make suitable changes to their cars so that when same tyres appear for French and British Grand Prix they are ready to take on Mercedes.
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