Originally Posted by wxwax
It's impossible to build a tire that can last most of a race at lap record pace. A tire which lasts is always going to be firmer and therefore provide less grip. A tire which produces he best times will be softer and will degrade faster.
While the former may be true, it is almost certainly possible to build a tire with identical characteristics to the current ones, but increase durability. These tires have been designed to wear quickly by altering the chemical compound. I am pretty sure they could make changes to only affect durability. Much like the grooved tires, I think this is a silly way to control racing.