Found this snippet in an issue of Autosport from early 2011:
JB - "there will be degradation on the soft tyre and you have to look after it, but there always has to be a balance. I think with Pirelli we have a tyre that maybe suits me more than the previous tyre we had."
So please, enough of the denial about these tyres suiting JB. At the same time as he was saying this, Hamilton was saying:
"Last year we had to make tyres last with a heavier fuel load, and now it's even slower. I did a run the other day and it was painfully slow. It's just not exciting to be honest."
So again, enough of the 'Hamilton never complained about the tyres, it's all in your head' misinformation as well.
To put it into context, the quote from Lewis came as a result of pre-season testing (around March 7), before the car was improved.
...by June 2011 FOTA:
LH: I love the new tyres, I think Pirelli have some an amazing job. I wasn‟t really sure if they were going to be any good because Bridgestone had been in F1 for so long and had so much experience. But Pirelli have come in and straight away they‟ve lived up to people‟s expectations, which is pretty impressive. ..
However what's also interesting is "Last year we had to make tyres last with a heavier fuel load, and now it's even slower." - implies that in 2010 with the Bridgestones they had the tyre management exercise element.
Edited by WitnessX, 28 April 2012 - 07:00.