Date: 17th May 2012 at 10:24am
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Red Bull owner Dietrich Mateschitz believes that Formula One is becoming more of a lottery.

When there are few regulation changes in Formula One the field naturally closes together as the teams work out and copy what works and phases out what doesn’t.

That has always been the natural cycle of things in Formula One and explains how teams like Mercedes and Lotus have closed the gap to the big three teams of Red Bull, McLaren and Ferrari.

‘F1 is more exciting and more unpredictable than ever before, Obviously, caused by the rule changes before the season, the top teams moved closer together.’ Mateschitz told Autosport Magazine.

But one of the other major influences in this seasons Formula One World Championship has been the affect of the latest compounds of Pirelli tyres that the teams are given at each race weekend.

Designed to be racier and closer together in terms of performance, teams are constantly searching for the sweet spot of optimum tyre performance.

Find it and you can win the race much like Mercedes did with Nico Rosberg and Williams did with Pastor Maldonado.

Struggle to find it and you either consistently struggle like Ferrari’s Felipe Massa, or lose ten places in a lap like Kimi Raikkonen a couple of races ago.

While Michael Schumacher has criticised the influence the Pirelli tyres have on the racing, the Red Bull boss understands that the new tyres and regulations are great for the show, although does dub the outcome as a lottery.

‘Everyone has to learn F1 again. It has become a kind of lottery to find out the window in which a tyre works.

‘And I do not believe this just happens on purpose to create more overtaking and tension in the races. I suppose no-one really understands these tyres.’


While that continues Formula One fans will continue to watch one of the most open and exciting Formula One championships of recent times.

Five different drivers from five different teams have won the first five races of the season, if Lotus can pull it together in Monaco then it could be six different drivers from six different teams winning the first six races and who wouldn’t be excited by that prospect [with the exception of Michael Schumacher of course]?