Schumacher: We drive like on raw eggs and don’t want to stress the tyres at all

Michael Schumacher (GER) Mercedes GP talks with Andy Shovlin

Michael Schumacher unhappy with the 2012 Pirelli F1 tyres

May 8 (Reuters) Mercedes‘ Michael Schumacher has again criticised Pirelli’s Formula One tyres by saying that they make him feel like he is driving on raw eggs.

Motorsports: FIA Formula One World Championship 2012, Grand Prix of Bahrain,  #7 Michael Schumacher (GER, Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team),    *** Local Caption *** +++ +++ copyright: HOCH ZWEI +++

Michael over the limit in Bahrain

The seven time world champion, who has not stood on the podium since he began his comeback in 2010, told CNN in an interview that the Italian tyres were having too much of an effect on racing.

“They are so peaky and so special that we don’t put the cars or ourselves to the limit,” he said ahead of this week’s Spanish Grand Prix in Barcelona, the start of the European season, after four long-haul races.

“We drive like on raw eggs and don’t want to stress the tyres at all. Otherwise you just overdo it and then you go nowhere,” said the 43-year-old German, who won his titles with Benetton and Ferrari, on Goodyear and Bridgestone tyres.

Pirelli replaced Japanese brand Bridgestone as sole supplier at the end of the 2010 season and have been credited for livening up the racing with tyres that are less hard-wearing.

Michael Schumacher (GER) Mercedes GP and Andrew Shovlin (GBR) Mercedes GP Race Engineer look at Pirelli tyres. Formula One World Championship, Rd 17, Indian Grand Prix, Buddh International Circuit, Greater Noida, New Delhi, India, Practice Day, Friday 28 October 2011.   BEST IMAGE

Michael inspects a set of Pirelli tyres

Schumacher, whose team mate and compatriot Nico Rosberg won in China last month for the first victory by a Mercedes works team driver since 1955, had also criticised the tyres after the Bahrain Grand Prix.

Formula One’s most successful driver had complained then that drivers could not push their cars to the limit because of the need to save the tyres.

Pirelli responded to the criticism last month with disappointment and pointed out that the former Ferrari driver had seemed happy enough before the season started.

“Others were getting on with the job and getting their tyres to work. His comments during winter testing were that he was very happy with the tyres, and now he seems to have changed his tune,” said motorsport director Paul Hembery.

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  • Speedo

    “Pirelli have been credited for livening up the racing with tyres that are less hard-wearing?” Utter rubbish. KERS and DRS should get the credit. On the contrary the degrading tyres were having too much of an effect on racing and not full throttle.

    For example, why did they cancel the alteration of the Abu Dhabi track last year which does not allow for overtaking? Because of KERS and DRS.

    I am sorry, I agree with Schumi although I have never been a fan of Schumi. We want to witness pure racing at full throttle and not cruising to preserve tyres. I would like to have seen racing during the time of the Bridgestone tyres with the KERS and DRS.

  • visz963

    Hamilton is also badly hirt by this tyre idiotism.

  • me262

    HAHAHA soon Pirelli will have tyres marked specially for Michael Schumacher LOLOLOLO

  • anthony perry

    F1 at moment is win the race as fast as possable going as slow as possable to me thats just not racing

    why cant they bring back active susspension that would help sort a lot of problems out even some of the cheapest road cars have some sort of active susspension theses days thought f1 was ment to be the best of the best in drivers and car just a thought

    a bit off topic but has any one checked out scarbsf1 blog page its a great site for tec news just google scarbf1

  • ovii

    agree with msc………racing is meant for driving up to the limits and not for taking care of the fast degrading tyres

  • Anthony

    I’m also in the same boat. Not a fan of the artificial effect of the tires on the racing.

  • Sennatres

    schumacher is the egg

  • Nemo

    Is it the tyres, or the rules? Should teams be able to choose their own tyres for a race weekend? Should the cars that make Q3 be penalised by keeping the same tyres?

  • Anthony

    Those are valid points Nemo. I think the two compound gap is going to be too much this weekend. I feel like Pirelli is deciding the races as opposed to the teams/drivers.

  • Andy – London

    Michael has driven so under so many regulations since 1991. 2 years ago Lewis said that F1 wasn’t as much fun as it used to be because he couldn’t go flat out. With F1’s 2013 engines further cutting down the speed of the cars no doubt, F1 is becoming like Le Mans – an endurance race. I was at Monaco in 2010 and Malaysia in 2008 and F1 stinks of money, all this cost-cutting is nonsense. There were billions of dollars of technology on display in both races.
    When you look at the F1 season reviews from 1998 with Mika and Michael, and 2005 with Fernando and Michael, the cars, tyres, engines were just amazing. No silly 8 engines per race rule. The cars had separate qualifying engines to race engines.
    I like refuelling too. The lack of refuelling is slowing the cars down too, having to drive “lean spells” as not to run out.

  • Purnomo Setiawan

    agree with msc,
    -single tyre supplier
    -no refuelling
    -limited engines ang gearboxes

    those things are RUBBISH !!!
    if your car are not fast enough than you can’t do anything to be in front….

    budget cut but again Bernie is getting richer…..
    so where all those money goes ?

  • Kevin

    F1 is racing fast down the spec racer slippy slope. Where it was once the place of amazing innovation and strange experimentation, it’s become a restricted class, focused on filling in check boxes and complying with stricter and stricter rules, obviously driven by politics and money to Bernie and his lot. The tires, along with DRS, KERS, one fuel stop, and aero restrictions are slowly clogging the heart of F1 into an anemic and pathetic spec format that turns its back on what made F1 the pinnacle of all motorsport.

    Anyone understand why a tire manufacturer would want to prove to the world it makes an unpredictable product that fails by design at a preset number of miles? What motivation do I as a consumer have to buy their product from this exhibition? What are they demonstrating here that means anything to me, other than they seem to have a lot of money to develop crap tires and fill tire dumps with spent rubber? I liked it better when we had two or more tire suppliers going head-to-head to produce the most grip, longest life, most consistent performance… this new formula is just silly, and seems counter to any tire manufacturers image.