Angry Force India points to Pirelli for down turn in fortunes

Adrian Sutil versus Esteban Gutierrez at Monza

Adrian Sutil versus Esteban Gutierrez at Monza

Force India has hit back at claims that it is being outclassed by Sauber at the tail end of the 2013 F1 season, pointing to the change of tyres early in the seasonas the cause of their down turn in fortunes.

When the season began, Nico Hulkenberg looked to have made a grave error in moving over the winter from consistent Force India to new tail-ender Sauber.

But at the end of 2013, the German is a sensation of 2013, reportedly courted not only by Lotus but also Ferrari and McLaren.

Not only that, Esteban Gutierrez – the languishing Mexican rookie who couldn’t score a point – has spectacularly turned the corner with the suddenly-competitive C31.

“Something in him exploded,” Sauber team boss Monisha Kaltenborn said in Japan, where Gutierrez finally scored his first points of 2013.

Kaltenborn warned, however, that it might not be enough to safeguard the 22-year-old’s future – as Kamui Kobayashi knows well after his Suzuka podium a year ago.

“Individual results are not decisive for us,” she told Germany’s Auto Motor und Sport, “when it comes to planning the future.

“We have some options but we’re not going to name names,” added Kaltenborn.

According to championship rival Force India’s sporting director Otmar Szafnauer, Kaltenborn knows well that the real sensation was not Gutierrez, or the formerly-struggling Swiss-made car.

The battle for sixth place in the Constructors’ Championship is worth millions, and crucial to midfield teams like Force India and Sauber.

Szafnauer is angry that the decisive factor has been Pirelli.

“This is no wonder-Sauber,” he is quoted by the Swiss newspaper Blick. “It’s only Pirelli.

“It is the whole explanation for the current situation,” said Szafnauer, referring to how Pirelli’s mid-season tyre specification change badly hurt some teams like Force India, whilst giving a big boost to others. (GMM)

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  • The Pessimist

    Oh C’mon! cut the crap and try making the car competitive on all type of compounds rather than blaming Pirelli for all your ill luck.

    The truth is that Force India has a very poor technical team and they’ve missed an opportunity to hire some one like Pat Symonds or Mike Couglan which could have made a big difference to their fortunes rather than sticking with Andrew Green who I do not consider exceptional.

  • Stoner

    But then what about the other teams including Redbull who were bitching about Pirelli tyres before the change, they wanted the tyre to suit their car and now have an even more dominant car and keeping mum

  • Empee

    “But then what about the other teams including Redbull who were bitching about Pirelli tyres before the change. . .”

    The only other team that comes to mind for me is Mercedes, who contrary to the claims of fools that buy any conspiracy theory story to bring some validation to their lives, have not meaningfully progressed since the tire test.

    Contrarily, Lotus (behind Boullier) was the most vocal about the post-change tires, yet they’re once again in a position to capture ‘best of rest’ honors. Ferrari also wasn’t keen of changing the tires either, yet are in the driver’s seat for the same opportunity.

  • Spanky

    I don’t know what worse… Pirelli or Force India’s drivers!

  • harry harris

    Hey Stoner I like your comment….. i think Mr Hembrey should replace Mr Todt as FIA’s President. He’s the suitable guy for this job….. (Pathetic)