Pirelli compound choice for Brazil is “very dangerous,” says Massa

Drivers have expressed concerns about Pirelli’s choice of medium and hard tyres for Interlagos, with the feeling being that they won’t provide enough grip.

“If you see the choices for the next races, they are a little bit strange,” said Fernando Alonso. “To have the medium and the hard in Brazil, is very surprising. Of course it’s their decision, we have to try to help them in any question they have.”

Felipe Massa was particularly vocal on the subject: “It’s dangerous, very dangerous. First of all Interlagos was never a track to use medium and hard, it’s a track where we can use even supersoft and soft, but in the conservative way, soft and medium. I have no idea why they chose medium and hard, this is completely unacceptable.

“It’s a track that you can have rain, it’s a track that you can be cold, it’s a track that maybe you have a condition that you need to risk by putting the dry tyres, and it’s so hard that it would be dangerous, so I don’t understand it. And they’re changing the asphalt, normally whatever track I go they change the asphalt, it gets even easier.

“I have no idea why they chose these tyres. I even spoke to the guy from Pirelli, and he said I was right.”

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3 responses to “Pirelli compound choice for Brazil is “very dangerous,” says Massa

  1. Lars

    Drivers consistently used to say in F1 the second fear enters into your psyche you have no place climbing into the cockpit of an F1 car. Massa seems to be on the edge, if not over (he said he was screaming for 5 laps to end Suzuka race).

  2. Dennis

    ““I have no idea why they chose these tyres. I even spoke to the guy from Pirelli, and he said I was right.””

    If I were the Pirelli guy who had to listen to Massa’s bitching and moaning, I’d have said anything to make him go away.

  3. Mark

    Two comments by guys who haven’t had a suspension spring hit them in the head at over 100 MPH! The same sorts of things were said of Jackie Stewart after he had to sit pinned under his car soaked in fuel for over half an hour and started to talk about safety. If Massa has a concern about something he’s the one that put’s his life on the line and his opinion should be considered at least.

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