Lotus team principal Eric Boullier thinks it would be unfair if Pirelli makes changes to Formula 1's tires later this season just because some teams are struggling to make the rubber last.
After a number of teams were forced to make four-stops during the Spanish Grand Prix due to the high degradation, Pirelli has conceded that it may have to tweak its tires to limit a repeat in the future. Such changes could hamper Lotus, which appears perfectly suited to the high-degrading rubber with its E21.
Kimi Raikkonen was able to execute a three-stop strategy at the Circuit de Catalunya to finish second and move to within four points of the lead of the championship. Well aware that there is a push from some quarters for Pirelli to make changes, Lotus team principal Eric Boullier has admitted tweaks could be a negative for the squad.
"I think it is not in some ways fair, but we have to deal with it like we always did," he said. "Everyone has the same tires."
Boullier reckons that complaints about the tires are being focused in the wrong area, and he feels that rival teams have simply not dealt with the situation very well.
"People need to get the right question," he said. "The question is not the tires: it is because we did something that allowed our car to [look after the tires].
"It is the same for everybody. There was some slight change for here [to the hard compound] which was to please the most complaining team.
"But I don't think Pirelli is going to change anything. They were asked to build tires lasting 20 laps and they did it. So that is it."