Apparently, the reason certain Formula One teams are failing to get to grips with their Pirelli tyres this year is down to their engine – and they all share a common supplier.
It seems the McLaren, Mercedes AMG and Force India teams who are struggling most with excessive tyre wear all use the Mercedes’ V8 engine.
McLaren driver Lewis Hamilton has noted: “Lotus, Red Bull and Ferrari can make a set of tyres last longer than we can.”
Which had led to Germany’s Auto Motor und Sport picking up on the theory doing the rounds that the superior mid-range power of engine is wearing the rear Pirelli tyres too much.
Mercedes AMG itself has suffered due to the problem of tyre degradation as their driver, Michael Schumacher could not convert his competitive grid slot into a good race finish in few races due to higher tyre wear out.
Its team boss Ross Brawn acknowledged that the “characteristic of the engine has a large influence on the degradation of the tyres”.
Auto Motor und Sport said Mercedes has “recognised the problem” and is working at full speed to improve its engine torque maps.
Alex Kapadia, Operations Team