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Lotus unhappy with Pirelli tyre choices

Sunday 16th June 2013

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Lotus unhappy with Pirelli tyre choices

Lotus unhappy with Pirelli tyre choices

Lotus have criticised Pirelli's tyre choice for two of the next three races, saying they have gone too conservative.

On Friday, Pirelli announced their compounds for the next three grands prix; Britain, Germany and Hungary.

However, it's the company's tyre choices for Silverstone and the Hungaroring - the medium and hard compounds - that Lotus's Alan Permane says are too conservative.

"It's unusual to take the same tyres to Hungary as to Bahrain and Silverstone," the team's Trackside Operations Director told BBC Sport.

"We didn't have those tyres last year. We had medium and soft last year and people did two stops. So it absolutely doesn't make sense - they're too hard for that track."

Pirelli's tyres have come in for a lot of criticism of late with reigning World Champions Red Bull leading the complaints.

The Champs are unhappy with this year's softer tyres, which suffer from high degradation and have resulted in more pit stops.

Permane added: "They went softer to try to encourage more pit stops. There's no point in them going softer with the tyres if they're just going to take different harder tyres everywhere.

"This is exactly what they did in the last few races of last year. They brought harder and harder tyres and we just ended up doing one stop.

"And last year they said they didn't want to interfere in the Championship so they took conservative tyres, but I never really understood what that meant."

The Beeb added that Lotus team boss Eric Boullier is expected to discuss the matter with Pirelli while at least one other team has also raised concerns about the tyres for Hungary.

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