Toro Rosso also blame mid-year tyre switch for dip in fortune 21 October, 2013 James Key Yet another team has claimed its competitiveness in 2013 was affected by Pirelli’s mid-season tyre construction switch. Ferrari and Force India have said that the move from the steel-belted tyres, that ‘exploded’ so spectacularly at Silverstone in June, hurt their form. Toro Rosso technical boss James Key said: “The greater deformation of the tyres was the main reason we completely changed our suspension concept from the STR7 to the STR8. “But since we’ve gone back to the 2012 tyres, the setup window has become smaller, and we can no longer use certain settings that were created specifically for this  car,” he told Auto Motor und Sport. Key said that the tyre switch had also had an aerodynamic effect, with the diffuser no longer “working as well as before”. Indeed, the move from steel to Kevlar internals preceded Toro Rosso dropping behind Sauber in the potentially lucrative Constructors’ World Championship. (GMM) Subbed by AJN. Tweet Related NewsVerstappen not ready for F1 says HakkinenSalo says early debut for Verstappen is bad for F1Verstappen set for FP1 debut at SuzukaToro Rosso: Both our drivers did a very good jobToro Rosso: We are disappointedVergne: I am in Formula 1 and my place is in Formula 1Verstappen: Age is just a number, I am ready for F1Villeneuve: Verstappen deal is worst thing ever for F1Toro Rosso: Both drivers have done a good jobMarko: Verstappen will be immediately competitive captain tortuga great.. so now Vettel has 1 WDC, then 2WDC with illigal ride-height control, and now another one due to unfair tyre-advantage.. and people wonder he is not considered one of the ‘greats’ ..xD Spanky Who would the teams blame if F1 had a real tyre supplier?