Grosjean slams Pirelli Super-soft tyres used in Monaco

Romain Grosjean with Lotus engineer Ayao Komatsu  in Monaco

Romain Grosjean with Lotus engineer Ayao Komatsu in Monaco

Lotus driver Romain Grosjean has hit out at what he is calling Pirelli’s “wooden tyres” after the first Free Practice of the Monaco Grand Prix weekend.

In fact, this weekend on the principality’s streets, the 2014 ‘Super soft’ compound is making its debut, alongside the next softest tyre in the range, the ‘Soft’.

Also getting the finger of blame was Pirelli, who according to Lotus driver Grosjean have supplied tyres that are unsuited to the “tricky” 2014 cars around the barrier-lined Monaco layout.

“Today, the biggest problem is these wooden tyres,” he smiled to France’s RMC. “Seriously, they do not work very well here. These cars are pretty tricky but they’re sliding a lot and not going very fast around the corners.”

“It is making it even more difficult than in the past, so you really need to concentrate on not making mistakes. You’re driving at 98 percent and not pushing to 102 percent, to avoid a mistake,” he said.

Meanwhile, action was scarce on Thursday, mainly due to the initially damp track in the second session which limited running by drivers.

“It’s a shame for the fans. but that’s Formula 1. It would have been too risky [in the wet], because some teams don’t have many spare parts,” he told Auto Motor und Sport. However the forecast is for dry weather for the rest of the weekend.

Championship leader Mercedes‘ team boss Toto Wolff defended the Formula 1 ‘show’ of Thursday, insisting that it is premature to describe this year’s spectacle as boring.

“We need to be careful not to go from depression to manic and back into depression,” he said. “Yes, we’ve had a boring session but does it mean that Formula 1 is boring? I heard different comments after Bahrain so I think you need to look at the whole.” (GMM)

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