Drivers to discuss tyre problems in Brazil

08-11-2018 19:00
by Bobby Vincent
Drivers to discuss tyre problems in Brazil

Formula One drivers' body, the GDPA, are set to hold a meeting in Brazil regarding the recent tyre concerns.

The tyres have become a frustration for drivers in recent weekends, with tyre management becoming an increased reliance and the gap between the top three teams and every other team.

Daniel Ricciardo claimed that the latest tyres did allow drivers to push harder in certain bits of the track, but the loss of rubber means the pitstops are more frequent.

"I don't think anyone ever seems to be satisfied," Ricciardo said about the tyre situation. "They wanted a tyre we can race harder on for longer, and I feel now we're nearly getting that. But I don't know how to have a tyre that we can push hard on but is going to degrade, so we can still do a two or three-stop. I feel we're just going to drive slower, like we're doing now."

Romain Grosjean, who is a director of the GDPA, believes that the tyres are an issue, but also stated that there are wider issues to be considered in Formula One.

"It's not only tyres," insisted Grosjean. "I feel, and I don't want to speak for everyone else, but I feel like we need to give our feedback and maybe try to do a bit more because the races aren't fun.

"P6 in Mexico is two laps down? How do you hope to see a midfield car on the podium if they are one or two laps down?

"The delta between the big teams and the small teams is too big. Plus the tyres being so complicated to understand, to drive, if you don't have the downforce you destroy them and you open the gap again."

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