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GP Week : Issue 182
9 GPWEEK.com // 9 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: OPINION When something is well-intentioned, but just goes that bit too far, it's always difficult to explain to the do-gooder that, maybe, just maybe, things might be better if they were done slightly differently ... You know where I'm going with this, don't you. Pirelli have done an excellent job in F1. They were asked to produce a range of tyres which would degrade and 'go-off' to varying degrees, and that is exactly what they have done. Except it has just gone that little bit too far. Watching on Via Chennel 10 in Australia, it wasn't hard to detect the frustration in Martin Brundle's voice. He's obliged to ramp it up andf talk up the show as much as is realistic, but on this occasion he simply couldn't. The sight of the cream of world motorsport effectively on 'Cruise Control' so they wouldn't destroy their tyres within 10 laps is something that even the blindest commentator, never mind a well-credentialled ex-F1 driver could overlook. Monaco won't be an issue – you could probably get half way on a set of sponges, but before the circus returns to real circuits, there needs to be a re-think. But, say some, remember what Barcelona used to be like before tyres went off – pole man leading all the way from a queue of non-overtakers ... Yes, but there is a happy medium – and a couple of things have changed in the interim to help the cause: KERS and DVS. Three or four tyre stops per race is just too much. There is a happy medium – remember when a tyre stop, or possibly two, was the tactical choice? And now, especially with DRS (why not extend the DRS gap to two seconds?), there is a means by which the leader of a pack can be put under pressure. Personally, I'd rather see the best drivers in the world going balls-out, drafting past each other with the aid of DVS/KERS in some form of see-saw battle than the endurance race we saw yesterday. 82 pit stops no less. Thanks for having the courage to say what everyone's been thinking, Martin. Let's hope the right people further up the tree are listening. ITWASA GOOD IDEA ... REALLY ... OPINION CHRIS LAMBDEN Publisher