'F1 needs to find the right balance'

Monday 18-November-2013 12:00

Stefano Domenicali says F1 cannot go too conservative with the tyre compounds next season as the sport needs to hype up the show.

Last week, Pirelli threatened to revert to supplying "conservative" tyres that will lead to one-stop strategies unless the teams state otherwise.

"We just want to be told what to do. We want a clear input and want it clearly defined, because the characteristic this year is that people have maybe forgotten what we were asked to do," said Pirelli motorsport director Paul Hembery.

"That has got lost somewhere in the passage of time and that is the important thing that we want to make sure is resolved. Somebody needs to tell us what they want to do."

Hours later, Formula One was subjected to a one-stop race around the Circuit of the Americas which was sorely lacking in excitement.

The race, though, probably could not have come at a better time as it was a wake-up call to Formula One as to what could be on the cards next season.

"It is a point of concern or discussion in the next couple of weeks, because we cannot have a situation where in order to be very conservative we will have races where there is not any thrill," Ferrari team boss Domenicali told Autosport.

"I am sure with Pirelli we will find the right solution because it is not a problem of giving more favours to one team or to another - it is important for the sport and the show.

"We will have a different car that will produce different torque, above all on the rear, so I think this is a point that needs to be heavily discussed in the next few weeks."

Meanwhile, Christian Horner believes Pirelli deserve a break from the criticism as the Italian tyre manufacturer tried to find the perfect balance.

"I think you have got to get the balance, haven't you," he said. "Austin was a low-risk race as far as tyres were concerned. A reasonably static race as well.

"So it is a matter of finding that balance. It is important to not give Pirelli too hard a time in trying to find the blend between degradation and reliability.

"But you have to be careful. You don't want all the races to be one stop.

"You want to have a blend of strategies and that is where the tyre is obviously a key factor."

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