Bernie Ecclestone has lavished praise on Pirelli for spicing up the sport and being ‘brave’ enough to produce tyres that degrade quickly.
The tyres have contributed to unpredictable strategies which has resulted in some really exciting races so far this season – yet the Formula One boss says other tyre manufacturers would not have been brave enough to produce them.
There is a huge difference in the amount of grip offered by new and old tyres and the speed at which they degrade has really challenged the teams.
This has been achieved by Pirelli deliberately manufacturing tyres that are only good for 15-25 laps, something that Ecclestone reckons the other tyre companies would not have been comfortable with.
He told Blick: “Only Pirelli would do it, and we must thank them.
“It was brave and the show has improved. Michelin and Bridgestone refused to build tyres like this because they were worried about their image.”
He credits the tyres for being “90 per cent” responsible for the vastly different spectacle in 2011.
Alex Kapadia, Operations Team