BMW driver Nick Heidfeld has lashed out at the performance tyres supplied within the Formula One sport by Bridgestone.
Heidfield says the tyres could be “ten times better” if there was more than one supplier in the paddock.
Bridgestone currently supplies the whole field after Michelin pulled out of the tender process ahead of the 2008 season.
Although the Japanese company has taken two different compounds to each Grand Prix this season, there have been tyre issues in several races, as drivers are forced to use both types during races.
Heidfeld reckons the regulation creates “artificial” racing, and he feels the tyres could be much better.
“For me, on the long runs, they lasted OK but for some other guys they went away a lot quicker,” Heidfeld said in Singapore.
“We have the prime tyre which is possible to do the race, obviously better, it maybe doesn’t help things but the tyre is not too soft.
“As there is no competition, they could be ten times better, we could have tyres that are softer, offer more grip and last the distance.
“On top of that, the idea of having to use both compounds is artificial to create something that is not sport.”
He added: “There is no tyre testing, we have the same tyres for the whole year. What is really surprising is that even now so late in the season sometimes things happen that you didn’t expect. It’s not just for the team, it’s for the whole paddock.”
Alex Kapadia, Operations Team