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Why Teams Must Make Their Own Decisions Regarding Pirelli’s Tyre Directives

When Lotus decided toward the end of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix that it would risk trying to run both Kimi Raikkonen and Romain Grosjean until the end of the race, it made for exciting viewing. Raikkonen was running third until his tyres began to grain rapidly, leading to Grosjean catching him and attempting to pass but not without a defensive fight from Raikkonen, who almost forced him off the track. It prompted an angry exchange between trackside operations director Alan Permane and Raikkonen, the latter quoted on Autosport as telling Raikkonen to “get out of the f***ing way,” with Felipe Massa also in close attendance. Not only did Lotus’ decision lead to an angry internal exchange, it also incurred the wrath of Pirelli ...

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