Lotus laugh off Red Bull tire complaints

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Lotus team principal Eric Boullier has questioned Red Bull’s recent complaints over the 2013 Pirelli tires in light of the defending champion’s recent results.

“How can they complain when they’ve just had a one-two?” asked Boullier. “That would not be very understandable.”

Red Bull have raised questions about the new compounds in 2013, with Pirelli designing a more aggressive tire in order to force teams into making more pit stops. This has seen many driver struggle to make their tires last whilst running at optimum pace, but Boullier sees no reason for Pirelli to change their design.

“Pirelli has no reason to change their tire spec. It is the 2013 tire spec and that is it. I don’t think there is any interest or wish from Pirelli to change anything. There is no reason why they have to change.

“Red Bull won and they are going to win more. There are worse cars in the top positions with these tires.”

Lotus have been one of the few teams to truly master the new compounds, with Kimi Raikkonen managing his tires perfectly in Australia en route to winning the first race of the season, but many teams have found the 2013 compounds more problematic. However, the tires are yet to be used at a completely dry race weekend, and until they are, the debate is set to continue.