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“It’s all right to sit there and criticize. We’re not exactly given the tools to do a precise job,” he said. “We have absolutely no in-season testing. We don’t have access to these cars that are going around now. We have to run around on a 2010 car.”
Although Kimi Raikkonen chose a three-stop strategy on Sunday, finishing second, the sight of top drivers changing tires early seemed to cause a panic reaction.
“Sometimes it’s driven by the strategy of the first people that pit. If anyone was thinking of doing three, it might have been influenced by everybody else coming in and already deciding to go on a four,” Hembery said. “Having seen it though, four was probably the right call. Kimi was hanging on..”
Even before Sunday’s race, there were clear signs of degradation when Force India driver Paul di Resta lost the tread on his left-rear tire in practice.
“Completely unexpected, in the middle of a high-fuel run,” technical director Andrew Green said.
Pirelli believes debris was to blame for both of Felipe Massa’s punctures in the Bahrain GP three weeks ago. Fears that the tire is not resistant enough were also highlighted by Lewis Hamilton’s left-rear tire failure during Bahrain practice.
“As long as it doesn’t blow up at 300 kilometers per hour, that’s OK. Touch wood, we’ve never had a problem with them for Lotus,” Frenchman Romain Grosjean said. “But it’s sure that you have to be careful, and it doesn’t make things easy.”
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