Red Bull team owner Dietrich Mateschitz reiterated his unhappiness with the current generation of tires after the Spanish Grand Prix.
Following the race, which saw most driver make four pit stops and a total of 77 take place, Mateschitz told Autosport: “Everyone knows what happens here. This has nothing to do with racing anymore. This is a competition in tire management.
“There is no more real qualifying and fighting for the pole, as everyone is just saving tires for the race,” he added.
“If we would make the best of our car we would have to stop eight or ten times during a race, depending on the track.”
Red Bull have been the most vocal critics of the current tire compounds. Mateschitz has complained about them before and team principal Christian Horner said after the race that four pit stops was too many.
“We’re not going the pace of the car, we’re going the pace of the tires,” said Sebastian Vettel after finishing fourth in yesterday’s race.
Following Red Bull’s earlier criticisms Pirelli revised the hard tire compound for yesterday race, bringing a more durable version closer to the kind used last year.
Formula One’s official tire supplier has already said it does not wish to see four pit stops per race and will revise its tires in time for the British Grand Prix.
Lewis Hamilton and Sebastien Vettel are the two most decorated drivers currently on the Formula 1 grid, with seven World Championships between them (four for Vettel, and three for Hamilton).
However, their paths have rarely crossed on the track, and only in 2010 did both drivers battle each for a World Championship in the same year. They also battled Fernando Alonso and Mark Webber that year, with Vettel emerging on top to claim his first World Championship.
However, the 2017 season sees Hamilton and Vettel in the two best cars on the grid, and they have gone head-to-head multiple times already this year, with each claiming two victories through the first five races. Currently, Vettel leads Hamilton 104-98 in the world championship, and the two men are developing a strong on-track rivalry.
Monaco Grand Prix coverage continues with FP3 and qualifying on Saturday. Full times are linked here.
In Friday’s NASCAR AMERICA Motorsports Special on NBCSN, we take you behind the scenes during F1 superstar Fernando Alonso’s qualifying runs for the Indy 500, including when he was on the pole for a brief period. He’ll eventually start fifth.
On Friday’s NASCAR AMERICA Motorsports Special on NBCSN, Parker Kligerman and his backseat driver, Kyle Petty, took to the iRacing simulator to make a mock run around Indianapolis Motor Speedway in preparation for Sunday’s Indianapolis 500.
They look at the challenges of IMS, as well as the challenges two-time Formula One champion Fernando Alonso will face in the first oval track race in his illustrious career. Alonso is among the favorites in the race and will take the green flag from the middle of Row 2 (fifth position).
Check out the above video.
Sunday is the biggest day of the year in motorsports, starting in the morning with Formula 1’s legendary Monaco Grand Prix.
Then, at Noon ET, it’s the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
The final part of the tripleheader of racing is NASCAR’s longest race of the season, the 400-lap, 600-mile Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Newly-named NASCAR Hall of Fame Class of 2018 inductee Ken Squier gives you a great primer for what promises to be a memorable day around the world (see video above).