Pirelli's Problem Is Lack of Balance, Not Tire Wear - Trulli

Formula 1 veteran Jarno Trulli joined the Pirelli criticism club after the last group test in Barcelona, saying that the real problem with the Italian tire maker's compound is not so much their level of wear, but the lack of balance.

Trying to respond to the constant critics related to tire wear in the last few weeks, Pirelli's motorsport boss Paul Hembery insisted that it was the FIA and Bernie Ecclestone who asked the company to provide this kind of tires that would ensure multiple pit stops through the upcoming campaign.

However, while not arguing the tire degradation issues, Trulli believes Pirelli should look more into tire balance before the start of the season, as this is a much bigger issue heading to the upcoming test in Barcelona.

I think something is still missing in the development, because the tires aren't balanced yet,” said Trulli in a recent interview with Autosprint magazine.

I think this is the biggest problem to face at the moment. Pirelli says that this is what the FIA asked them to do, to have tires that wear quickly, but I don't think this is the problem. In my opinion tire wear is secondary compared to the tire's balance problems.”

At the moment you get on the track with a new tyre that initially is understeering, and after three laps the behavior is the opposite, that is impossible oversteering,” he added.

His comments come after Pirelli has recently debuted some newly-developed soft and super-soft compound tires in the last Barcelona test, which ended on Monday. The reason why they did that was due to claims that those tires wear out in a matter of laps (3 or 4, to be more precise), with lap times dropping by approximately 2 seconds per lap in the process.
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