Pirelli’s tyres are really livening up the world of Formula One racing at the moment and the latest voice to shout their approval is Sun sports writer Chris Hockley.
He reckons the tyres are adding a welcome touch of unpredictability to the world of racing.
He wrote the other day: “With five winners from five races, and surprise after surprise, the 2012 Formula One season is shaping up as one of the best ever.”
He went on: “Even the teams can’t be sure who will be the hare and who will be the tortoise at any given track.
“Did anyone expect Sergio Perez to fight for victory in Malaysia? Nah!
“As McLaren chief Martin Whitmarsh said with furrowed brow after the Spanish Grand Prix: “We THINK we’ll be strong at Monaco, but then a whole lot of other teams may be as well.”
“So in a season in which no one driver has proved to be the dominant force, who can we choose as 2012’s emerging hero?
“SunSport’s vote goes not to a superstar and not even anyone connected to a specific team, but to Paul Hembery, motorsport director of F1’s tyre suppliers Pirelli.
“The company’s policy of producing different compounds of rubber that can suddenly “switch on” or “switch off,” depending on car set-up, driving style, weather conditions or track surface, has electrified the racing.”
And taking a bit of a pop at Mercede’s driver and seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher, who likened the tyres to driving on raw eggs, Hockley added: “Pirelli have been both bold and brave. It can’t be easy for a manufacturer to make tyres that sometimes wear out faster than you can say Mercedes.
“And they must flinch when someone of Schuey’s stature takes such a public pop at their products.
“But they are sticking to their avowed task — given to them by F1’s rulers and teams, remember — of spicing up Formula One and making it less predictable.
“So step forward and take a bow, Mr Hembery. We fans all owe you a beer.”
Alex Kapadia, Operations Team