Pirelli "not confused" by Baku tyre selection.
Pirelli F1 boss Mario Isola insists that the company is "not confused" after its tyre choices for Baku prompted criticism from drivers who struggled to find grip on Friday.
Isola admits that the company knew well in advance that it could have brought the ultrasoft to Azerbaijan – instead of having the supersoft as its softest available tyre – but the choices had to be made almost four months ago, before it had much knowledge about the 2017 cars.
For those races further into the season where there was still enough lead time, Pirelli has already made some significant changes, to the extent of dropping the hard tyre for the rest of the year.
The Spanish GP was regarded as a tipping point where Pirelli was able to confirm that downforce loads would be lower than expected this year, and it could thus go softer.
However, it couldn't change the choices where the deadline for finalising them had passed. "There are some comments, 'Pirelli is confused,'" said Isola. "We are not confused. We just have a better knowledge of our product, so we can make something that is a bit more aggressive or challenging. "We have a certain number of weeks when we have to decide the compounds in advance. That is nine weeks for European events, 15 weeks for overseas events. When we decided the compounds for Baku we didn't have a lot of information. "So the only possible choice was something reasonable, that was medium, soft and supersoft. If I had to decide a compound for Baku now, it is clear that I'm not going to use a medium. "You will see some races with a compound selection that – I don't want to say makes no sense – but there is a story behind that. "Don't forget that is you see some races where we are still conservative, and some races where we are a bit more aggressive, it is because we had to decide some races quite in advance, and some races with more information." Isola reiterated that for 2018, Pirelli will have softer tyres in its range, and will use them more often. "For next year we are planning to go one step softer, because it looks like the right decision. #imf1fan #Schumacher #kubica #Formula1 #bakuf1 #motorsports