Reigning world champion Sebastian Vettel has come to the aid of compatriot Michael Schumacher following his recent outburst over the Pirelli tyres used in the sport.
The 42-year-old was heavily critical of the Italian manufacturer’s compounds in the wake of the Bahrain Grand Prix, which saw the tyres endure high levels of degradation.
In the post-race press coverage, Schumacher hit out at the compounds, arguing that tyre strategy was proving too dominant a factor in the sport.
The comments came under criticism from Pirelli motorsport chief Paul Hembery, who was described as being “disappointed” by the German’s reaction. Other drivers, such as Red Bull’s Mark Webber have also lent their opinion to the debate, describing the Pirelli tyres as “good for the show”.
However, Vettel today took the opportunity to defend his countryman in an interview with Sport Bild, describing the whole incident as “a bit exaggerated”.
"Ultimately, we all have the same tyres, but of course as a driver you always want more grip, whether from the tyres or from the car,” he said.
"When I talk about this with Michael, it's not so dramatic. He has been around for a long time and has seen a lot, also when it comes to tyres.
Vettel has already begun preparations for the next grand prix, scheduled for Spain in just over a weeks' time.
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