2013 F1

Ferrari: Second-half tyre changes cost 2013 F1 title

Alonso11Ferrari technical chief Pat Fry says that Pirelli’s tyre modification for the second half of the year was made a difficult condition for the team, primarily because the original tyres had unexpectedly work well with 2013 Ferrari machine.

“The first race upgrade package worked quite well, some bits better than we were expecting, and we understood that a bit later on. He told Autosport.

“[The Ferrari] has been light on tyres and warm up has been a struggle, and if you get a tyre that is overheating that just helps us out so much more,” he said.

“That is not a clever bit of design or simulation or anything, that is just the choice of the tyres. And as things changed, we dropped away because of it.

“But it is for us to try to make the car work with what we have got.”

Also he rejected the much-discussed windtunnel calibration issues; he believes the windtunnel problem not affected their performance in this campaign.

“I am not sure that you can say it was down to windtunnel calibration, i think through the winter we had a reasonable development period and a sensible development gradient. Fry added.

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