Pirelli must be revelling in all the publicity it is getting for its Formula One tyres.
The tyres manufacturer is on the receiving end of the credit and the blame for the current erratic results from the last four Grand Prix races, according to F1SA.com.
It is the first time in almost 30 years that four different cars, namely McLaren, Ferrari, Mercedes and Red Bull, have won the opening four races of the season.
According to Marc Surer, Swiss commentator and former F1 driver: “The explanation is Pirelli, it’s the tyres.”
Surer told Austrian television Servus TV: “It’s been a question of who can make them work, and that is depending on a number of factors.”
The F1SA report details why some teams are struggling to get to grips with the tyres. It points out that some cars require the tyres to be running hot and working hard before they deliver their pace, whilst others only find the ’sweet spot’ in cold conditions.
Red Bull racer Jenson Button, who won at Melbourne, said: “We know we were slow (in Bahrain) but we don’t understand why.”
While Mercedes boss Norbert Haug points out: “The challenge is how to use the tyres, how to set up your car.”
And Red Bull’s Christian Horner agreed: “I think this year the tyre has dominated performance and I think it’s crucial to try and understand how they work.”
“It’s clear,” Lotus’ Eric Boullier added, “that the key for performance is the tyres.”
Alex Kapadia, Operations Team