Whitmarsh wants Pirelli ‘headaches’

Date published: December 2 2011

McLaren team boss Martin Whitmarsh has urged Pirelli to go back to high degradation tyres in order to spice up F1 grands prix…

McLaren team boss Martin Whitmarsh has urged Pirelli to go back to high degradation tyres in order to spice up F1 grands prix.

Pirelli returned to Formula One this season with a bang as the Italian tyre manufacturer added much-needed excitement to the sport thanks to their tyres, which often suffered heavy degradation.

But, as the season progressed, Pirelli’s rubber did as well as the high wear was soon a thing of the past.

However, Whitmarsh has urged the Italian company to choose degradation over durability for next season as it makes for more exciting races.

“I think they unwittingly or otherwise made a great contribution to the show at the beginning,” Whitmarsh told Autosport. “It gave us a lot of headaches.

“I think the tyres in terms of durability and degradation they got disturbingly better as the year has gone on, and I think we would like to give them the challenge of making high degradation tyres and give us a bit more headache.

“While drivers will always feel uncomfortable in those situations, I think they made quite a big contribution to the season, so I think KERS and DRS made an impact but you have to keep working to make sure we have a spectacle and show.”