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Formula 1 Drivers Tire of Tyres

Next month’s Canadian Grand Prix will see Pirelli change the tyres they provide Formula 1 after problems thus far this season. This follows considerable rumblings of discontent that came to a head at last Sunday’s Spanish Grand Prix, when Fernando Alonso won the race for Ferrari after making four pit stops in a race that saw 79 in total.

Indeed nobody seems to have been happy with the tyres, which are actually designed to quickly run out of grip so that multiple pit stops are made. A key problem as a consequence is that having to manage the tyres has meant that drivers have effectively found themselves unable to get the most out of their cars when overtaking might have otherwise been possible, for example.

Christian Horner, Team Boss at Red Bull, said on Sunday that not only was it "too confusing for the fans" but that "it wasn't great" for his team to be heard telling their driver, Sebastian Vettel, not to race Kimi Raikkonen (Lotus) when he had the opportunity. Red Bull's owner, Dietrich Mateschitz, didn’t mince his words, opining that Formula 1 was no longer a sport.

Clearly, from a betting perspective it’s difficult at best when contemplating in-running (‘live’) wagers as so much is going on, but all the more so when drivers are being told to play it safe because the tyres have perhaps taken on too much importance in terms of race features.   

It is thought that Pirelli will concentrate on changing the rear tyres, which would be interesting given that it is the front tyre which most affects performance of the car (aerodynamics etc)

A potential contentious issue could revolve around whether changing during the season will benefit one car more than another. Mercedes, for instance, might well be one of the more fortunate teams as the expected change should improve their car’s traction, while Ferrari and Lotus might not have been the greatest in qualifying so far this season but managed to handle their tyres very well.

Meanwhile, the betting for the Monaco Grand Prix (26 May) has both Vettel and Alonso hovering around 11/4. Also available through gambling4mobiles are Lewis Hamilton at 11/2, Kimi Raikkonen 6/1 and Nico Rosberg a shade longer odds at 7/1. As for the long-term markets, expect considerable changes to come in line with changes to the cars... 

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