Mercedes racer Michael Schumacher is continuing to give Pirelli a verbal beating – this time complaining that driving with their tyres is like driving on ‘raw eggs’.
The seven-time world champion feels driver are being forced to conserve their tyres because they the rubber is suffering quick degradation.
Meanwhile, fellow F1 drivers have refused to be drawn into the debate, instead focusing on this weekend’s Spanish Grand Prix.
But Schumacher is adamant the situation needs to be addressed.
Schumacher told CNN: “I just think that they’re playing a much too big effect because they are so peaky and so special that they don’t put our cars or ourselves to the limit.
“We drive like on raw eggs and I don’t want to stress the tyres at all. Otherwise you just overdo it and you go nowhere.”
Pirelli have hit back at Schumacher’s claims, insisting the tyres were designed to meet the requests of Formula One bosses and that they have spiced up the action.
Paul Hembery, Pirelli’s motorsport director, hit back at the criticism. “We are pushing the limits,’ he said.
“It’s a very, very aggressive approach that we took. It’s what we were asked to do. We were asked to bring challenges to the teams and this is what we’ve done.”
Alex Kapadia, Operations Team