Have Red Bull lost their edge?

Excuses come before a fall in the world of sport and if the rumblings coming from Formula One's Red Bull team in recent weeks are considered in that light, we could well be witnessing the end of their three-year F1 dominance.

But it's the tyres stupid! So the argument goes from Red Bull's Mark Webber who feels that drivers shouldn't be forced to drive within themselves to extend the life of their tyres and keep pit stops to a minimum.

Red Bull owner Dietrich Mateschitz echoed Webber's complaint after the Spanish Grand Prix claiming that Formula 1 was "not racing any more" due to the need to manage fast-wearing Pirelli tyres.

Pirelli came into F1 with the remit of producing tyres that forced drivers to make at least two stops per race and thus increase competitiveness. This followed the 2010 season which saw numerous one-stop races.

Ferrari's Fernando Alonso though, feels that Red Bull's complaints are simply attempts to mask the fact that they've lost their dominant position.

Alonso told the media ahead of this weekend's Monaco GP: "Sometimes, when you win too easy for some years, it is difficult to lose some races afterwards."

And though Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel currently leads the drivers' championship, Alonso may have a point, as he has beaten the three-time world champion in all three races he has had no problems in this season.

Webber is adamant that the sport has taken a wrong turn however, stating: “This has nothing to do with racing anymore. This is a competition in tyre management. Real car racing looks different. Under the given circumstances, we can neither get the best out of our car nor our drivers. There is no more real qualifying and fighting for the pole, as everyone is just saving tyres for the race.”

While teammate Sebastian Vettel says that it is not just the Red Bull drivers who are unhappy with the current set up, adding: "In the media, it looks like Red Bull is complaining, but I hear the drivers' voices in the meetings we have together, and if you pinpoint Lotus and say they have the best car for these tyres, still their drivers complain.

"They have the same problem as us but to a lesser extent."

Brendan O'Neill has a degree in Social Sciences and has been employed as a web editor at several major sites, including that of a leading Irish bookmaker. Passionate about sport in general, but particularly golf, he feels fortunate to be able to preview all the top action daily in his current role at

<em>Notice: FanPosts are user-created content and do not necessarily reflect the opinions or positions of Pop Off Valve or SBNation. User discretion is advised.</em>

Trending Discussions

Log In Sign Up

Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Pop Off Valve

You must be a member of Pop Off Valve to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Pop Off Valve. You should read them.

Join Pop Off Valve

You must be a member of Pop Off Valve to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Pop Off Valve. You should read them.




Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.