Over the course of his long career Michael Schumacher has rarely strayed into controversy with off-track comments, always preferring to keep his thoughts to himself.
However after the Bahrain GP his frustrations came to the surface after what he called a “reasonably inactive race, just following cars.”
Schumacher started 22nd after his gearbox grid penalty, and despite having lots of new tyres for Sunday could progress only as high as 10th.
Afterwards he made it clear that he didn’t enjoy having to drive within the limits of the tyres in order to prolong their active life.
“I think we made the maximum out of it,” he said. “The main thing that I feel a little bit unpleased [about] is I think everybody had to drive well below drivers’ and particular car limit to maintain the tyres, and I just question whether tyres should play such a big importance or whether they should allow us a little bit longer so that you can drive more at racing car speed and not cruising around like we had the safety car.”
Asked if he would talk to Pirelli, he said: “I’m not happy about the situation. Let’s see what happens in the future. If it was a one-off car issue we could say it’s upon us to deal with it, but basically everybody, maybe with one or two exceptions… If it’s 80% of the field have this problem then maybe the tyre supplier should think about that.”