By Alex Kapadia
Formula 1 driving ace Fernando Alonso has slammed the choice of ‘ridiculous’ super-soft tyres allocated for the Chinese Grand Prix this Sunday.
The double world champion is ‘very worried’ that the tyres are not suitable for the abrasive nature of the Shanghai circuit and will make the drivers ‘look ridiculous’.
The Renault driver launched his scathing attack on the super-soft tyres – which also caused controversy during their first outing at Melbourne – because of the time differential between the option and prime rubber, which was as much as six seconds during the Australian Grand Prix.
The Spaniard fumed: ‘I think it is the worst decision they have made in a long time, because it is a ridiculous tyre for here, for Shanghai.
‘I don’t know if Bridgestone made the decision or the FIA, but they have to reconsider this type of decision because we look ridiculous on television and we look ridiculous for the spectators, and it is a joke to be in front of TV six seconds slower.
‘We will need to change the tyres after five or six laps, is our calculation, because this track is harder than Melbourne and there we only did eight or nine laps.
‘And if they want to be funny and mix the results and have overtaking, they can do a better job – a funny solution, maybe they can put on the wet tyres or something. Like this is looks more spectacular – the difference in the speed. I don’t know…
‘I’m very worried about this and I’m very sad about this, because we look strange infront of people.’
Alonso also revealed that the drivers had not been consulted on which tyres should be used and added that the Grand Prix Drivers’ Association (GPDA) expressed their concerns over safety following the Australian Grand Prix, when Robert Kubica and Sebastian Vettel collided while vying for second place.
He said: ‘Then we expressed our concerns and now in the third race we have the same tyre at a worse circuit. This is something that we need to change immediately.