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The upcoming British and Hungarian Grands Prix could end up as processional races after tyre supplier Pirelli revealed the allocation for the two events, which were slammed as conservative choices by Lotus.
Under pressure since the Spanish GP, which saw a four-stop strategy unfold, Pirelli has seemingly opted for a less aggressive allocation for two of the next three races.
Last year, the hard and soft tyres were nominated for the race at Silverstone and the medium-soft combination was used at the Hungaroring.
This season, however, the British and the Hungarian GPs will be raced on the hard and medium compounds, eliminating the soft compound from the two events.
“They certainly seem conservative and contrary to the supposed approach for the tyre allocations in 2013,” Lotus trackside operations director Alan Permane observed. “The individual compounds – supersoft, soft, medium and hard – were made softer for each grade this year in order to present teams with a challenge, which is what we saw at some races earlier in the season.
“That work is undone if you simply allocate harder compounds for races,” he pointed out. “It’s certainly unusual to take the same tyres to Hungary as to Bahrain and Silverstone.
“The situation is quite similar to last year when the allocations went harder late in the year and we just ended up doing one-stop races,” he recalled.
Last year, the Indian and Korean GPs saw very little on-track action with Pirelli admitting that it went a bit too conservative in the latter half of the season.
The unadventurous approach towards the tyre nominations largely suits Red Bull, which is currently leading both the championships after Sebastian Vettel won three of the seven races so far.
“Of course, there are teams who are eager for the tyres to be more durable; whether through changes to the tyres themselves or changes to the allocations for races,” Permane said hinting at Red Bull and Mercedes’ demands for the tyres to be revised.
“In contrast, we’re firmly in the camp that the approach to tyre allocation should remain as agreed by the sport before the start of the season, and not be changed part-way through the year,” Permane added.