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Wed Apr 23 21:36:33 SAST 2014

Minardi: Pirelli deciding the Championship

TEAMtalk Media | 14 June, 2012 09:240 Comments
Mechanics wash down Pirelli tyres following Formula One winter testing at the Circuito de Jerez on February 7, 2012 in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain
Image by: Mark Thompson / Getty Images

Former F1 team boss Giancarlo Minardi says Pirelli are having too great a say in this year's Championship.

While Formula One's spate of 2012 winners was applauded after a handful of grands prix, seven races into the season it has come in for a great deal of criticism.

With seven different winners in seven events, many are fearing that Formula One is now becoming too unpredictable.

Pirelli have been cited as the main reason for the topsy-turvy campaign with Minardi saying that one only has to look at McLaren's Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button to see how much of an influence the Italian tyre manufacturer has had this season.

"This Championship is deeply conditioned by tyres, and only the driver who has the best understanding of them will succeed," Minardi told crash.net.

"We have (had) the seventh different winner inside seven different grands prix and running races is getting more and more difficult, (but) what catches our eyes are the big differences inside the same team.

"Let's take Hamilton and Button as an example. The difference between them is huge. We almost cannot explain it. There is something unusual, so it's getting more and more difficult to judge.

"There could be either technical problems or mental ones. As the Championship goes by, the differences between the performances of two drivers belonging to the same team are getting bigger and bigger.

"Hamilton's weekend was super. McLaren has improved set-up and tyres, which didn't bear weather changes. Surely Jenson is not having a good period.

"From a technical point of view, in the last three grands prix, soft tyres have been used. On the contrary, he made a good race using hard tyres, which usually are the hardest to reach a right temperature."

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