Lotus team boss Eric Boullier has refused to blame the high degradation of the Pirelli tyres in Formula One for his team's failings at the Monaco Grand Prix, instead pointing to the weather conditions.
Mr Boullier was speaking days after the Lotus pairing of Kimi Raikkonen and Romain Grosjean endured a day to forget in Monaco.
Raikkonen, who has made a promising return to the sport following his premature retirement, finished ninth on Sunday (May 27th), while his Swiss teammate crashed in the opening lap of the race.
But despite these setbacks, the Lotus boss refused to blame the performance of the Pirelli tyres in the sport, instead citing the track conditions as the reason for the poor showing.
"It is very related to the weather conditions," he told Autosport.
"When you know the tyres will degrade, what you want to do is design a car that will not degrade the tyres. But what we were not expecting is that because of this, which is a strength in one hand, it also became a weakness when the temperatures come down."
The comments represent a welcome change to the recent criticisms levelled at Pirelli by former world champion Michael Schumacher, who described driving on the compounds as akin to driving on raw eggs in a recent interview.
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Posted by Danielle Barge