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Vettel: Pirelli tyres degrade too quickly

Current World Champion, Sebastian Vettel, has spoken out over his concerns for the new Pirelli tyres, saying that they degrade too quickly. Speaking to Austrian television Servus TV the German driver said: "The problem is that they degrade too quickly. By lap 16 or 17 they're falling apart. The problem is that after a certain number of laps the tyre is finished, no matter what the driver does." The 2010 World Champion isn't alone in his concerns either, with Ferrari's Fernando Alonso also voicing his concerns. Alonso believes the new Pirelli tyres will cause headaches for the leading teams by shaking up racing. Pirelli have openly admitted that they have created an aggressive set of tyre compounds for its first year in the sport, with high levels of degradation, in order to make the racing more exciting for the spectators, as the high degradation level means that drivers, especially those using the softer compounds, will have to pit earlier. Plus, the new compounds will also encourage more tyre changes over the course of a race. Although, Alonso believes this will hamper the top teams and drivers, as it will cause unpredictable grands prix. "From what we have seen so far, degradation is very significant, which means we will have races with lots of pit stops," ESPNF1 reports Alonso as saying. "I'm not keen on that because I think this increased uncertainty does not favour the strongest teams: it's as if in football, it was decided to have a penalty per team each half hour in which case Barcelona and Real Madrid would not be jumping for joy. However, the situation is the same for everyone: it will be important to be fastest because I don't think we can make one stop less than our main rivals." Force India's Adrian Sutil also spoke of his concerns about the new tyre compounds to Auto Motor und Sport saying: "It's like being in a touring car. [Or] like being on intermediates. I've tried to drive differently, say 20% slower at the beginning, and that gives you maybe on more lap. We will probably all be pitting at the same time, and quite often."

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