Red Bull’s efforts to persuade Pirelli to revise its latest tires have failed to win support from rival teams.
Reports emerged during the Malaysian Grand Prix weekend that Red Bull had been urging Pirelli to change their tire compounds as they feel they are keeping them from running flat-out during races.
“You’ve got drive slow on these tires, we’re not pushing flat out as usual, all the leaders are driving very slow to save the tires,” said Mark Webber after the race.
But Pirelli motorsport director Paul Hembery says Red Bull are the only team to have complained: “It was only one critic really. Everyone else came and said they don’t know what they were talking about.”
Hembery added Pirelli were wary of disrupting a level playing field: “If you want to favor one team then the season is over. It would be finished by Monza.”
“Red Bull clearly have a lot of performance. Maybe they would like something else but I am sure other teams would like other things as well.”
Red Bull’s lobbying cannot have been helped by the fact their cars finished first and second in Sunday’s race, as Webber acknowledged:
“With what we had, probably not much of an idea that’s how the race would go for us today. I was surprised that other people were not with us, completely, people won’t believe that but that’s the case.”