The Grand Prix Drivers Association will hold a meeting at Interlagos on Friday to discuss the current state of F1, with tyres the main point on the group’s agenda.
From fuel saving to tyre management, to the widening gap between the front-runners and F1’s mid-field, frustrations are mounting over several issues currently impacting the racing according to the drivers.
“We have a meeting after the drivers briefing with all members of the GPDA and we will discuss the future of F1,” said GPDA director Romain Grosjean.
“In my opinion, the sport is not at the level it should be. We have an agenda of points to discuss and it would be nice to leave the meeting with some ideas to pass on.”
Tyre management and the excessive wear of Pirelli’s compounds is at the forefront of many drivers’ grievances.
“There are many things we can improve but there’s clearly one aspect that could improve racing: if we had more robust tyres that are less sensitive to overheating,” said Toro Rosso’s Pierre Gasly.
“It will give us the opportunity to follow other cars for longer. At the moment you do three corners really close from another car and you start sliding and three degrees of temperature on tyres and start to lose performance.
“It’s a snowball effect, the temperatures keep increasing and you’re done. It’s something Pirelli should focus on.
“We told them already, they need to respect what FOM asks them so it’s a topic we discussed many times.
“Probably as drivers we need to be stronger in our opinion, our view and desire of what we need for the future.”
Grosjean insists tyre management won’t be the only issue raised by the drivers in Friday’s meeting.
“It’s not only tyres,” said the has driver. “I feel, and I don’t want to speak for everyone else, but I feel like we need to give our feedback and maybe try to do a bit more because the races aren’t fun.
“P6 in Mexico is two laps down? How do you hope to see a midfield car on the podium if they are one or two laps down?
“The delta between the big teams and the small teams is too big. Plus the tyres being so complicated to understand, to drive, if you don’t have the downforce you destroy them and you open the gap again.”
The Frenchman hopes that common concerns among the drivers will emerge in the meeting, allowing for a formal and united approach to improve the show.
“If we get to somewhere where everyone is happy with what we have discussed, and we have got bullet points, then we should move them forward to you guys, to Liberty or whoever.
“[It’s important] we don’t sit back and don’t do anything for the sport we love.”
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