Kimi Raikkonen sees no reason for Pirelli to rethink its approach to Formula 1 tires, as he dismissed the criticism the Italian firm has received following the degradation issues that characterized the opening rounds of the season.
Red Bull had already been pushing Pirelli to change its compounds even before a Chinese Grand Prix weekend in which the soft tire proved particularly short-lasting.
Leading drivers have also complained that having to conserve tires is stifling them and forcing them to allow rivals past without a fight. But Raikkonen, who won the Australian Grand Prix by making two tire stops compared to his main rivals' three, does not think 2013 is that different to any other season for tire management. The Finn is adamant the onus is on teams to adapt rather than pushing for rule changes.
"I don't think the racing at the front is any different to what it has been in the past," he said. "F1 hasn't really changed a lot in the 10-odd years that I've been here.
"Of course, some years you've been able to go faster but then you do more stops, and shorter runs with less fuel. In those years if you'd put 50 kilos more fuel in you'd have had to look after the tires. It hasn't really changed.
"Sometimes now you have to look after the tires, but if you did six stops you wouldn't have to look after your tires. It's your option. Whatever is the fastest way for you to do the race, you try to do it."
Raikkonen thinks Pirelli as in a no-win situation and would be criticized whatever approach it took.
"You can never please everybody, so for Pirelli it's not an easy job," he said. "Whatever they do, there will be teams, drivers and people who will not be happy.
"In the past, we had different tires but some teams were not as happy with those tires as other teams were. Sometimes you have some issues and you pay the price for it. But that's OK, because otherwise it would be easy."