McLaren’s Whitmarsh backs Pirelli tyres

10th May 2012

McLaren' Martin Whitmarsh is the latest big name within motorsport to get involved in the ongoing debate surrounding the Pirelli tyres used in Formula One this season.

The racing team's principal lent his voice to the discussion following a second outburst from seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher, who earlier this week likened driving on the compounds to racing "on raw eggs".

Speaking earlier today (May 10th), Mr Whitmarsh moved to defend the performance of the compounds so far this season, arguing that the new Pirelli's have improved the skill level required in each race.

"There's no doubt the tyres are a definite challenge within Formula One and they have added to the spectacle," he said.

"If they made tyres that were very robust and not challenging … then I'm sure the spectators will be critical of the tyres as they won't create the right spectacle," he added.

The McClaren man was speaking as his team prepared for this weekend's Spanish Grand Prix, with the racing pair of Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button no doubt eager to improve on a disappointing showing at the Bahrain Grand Prix last time out.

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