Jarno Trulli believes the high degradation of Pirelli's tires will lead to confusion in the races this season.
With at least three pit stops per driver expected in the opening races, the Italian fears the amount of stops will make the races too confusing for the spectators. Trulli denied that drivers had asked for the tires to degrade so fast, and he is hopeful the FIA and Pirelli will work to rectify the situation.
"Speaking with the other drivers, I've noticed that everyone bar none has had big problems with tire degradation," Trulli wrote in his column for Italy's Repubblica newspaper. "After just five laps, the tires lose a good part of their efficiency. The most balanced cars can reach seven laps, but after that it's a vertical drop. A driver can do 14 laps to finish his run, but with no performance.
"This is why we have complained. It's not true, as I've read in some places, that we asked for tires that degrade so quickly. We've never asked for any such thing, also because for a driver tire consistency is a fundamental element.
"It's what allows you to evaluate all the other setup variables. If the tires are inconsistent you never really understand what makes your performance better or worse. The tires' high degradation will also cause great confusion in the race, with at least three pit stops for each car. That's an average of 72 pit stops per race: a hardly manageable situation. The [FIA] has taken notice, and so has Pirelli.
"No one wants to leave the race in the hands of such a random variable. Pit stops are random elements that are too difficult to manage, therefore I hope the situation may improve on Sunday already."