Pirelli tyres not so eggs-elent for Schumacher

8th May 2012

Former world champion Michael Schumacher has reignited the debate surrounding Formula One’s Pirelli tyres, after claiming that racing on the compounds was like driving on raw eggs.

The comments follow his criticism of the Italian manufacturers’ new tyres after the Bahrain Grand Prix, which saw the German finish a disappointing tenth place, following a grid penalty.

Schumacher hit out at the compounds in the wake of the result arguing that they were having too much of an influence on race results and driver tactics.

His criticism saw Pirelli motorsport chief Paul Hembery respond to the Mercedes man, noting that none of the other drivers on the grid had voiced similar concerns, while the likes of Mark Webber backed the added drama the Pirelli tyres have brought to the season so far.

Evidently not happy there, the 42-year-old has now come out with yet more criticism of the compounds.

Speaking this week, Schumacher said: “I think the tyres are playing a too big effect because they are so peaky and so special that they don't put our cars or ourselves to the limit.

“We drive like on raw eggs and I don't want to stress the tyres at all.”

The comments come as drivers prepare for next weekend’s Spanish Grand Prix.

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Posted by Danielle Barge