F1 » Pirelli promises investigation after Silverstone failures

Pirelli has said that it will be looking closely at the dramatic tyre failures that occurred at the British Grand Prix, but will have some explaining to do after being summoned to meet the FIA Sporting Committee.

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June 30, 2013 7:53 PM

The argument suggesting some of the teams are to blame because they run pressures slightly below Pirelli's 'design parameters' is ridiculous. Tyre integrity should be paramount when designing them taking into account that some teams may opt for slightly different pressures than those they state are optimum. Why should they be treated any different to say helmet or car design. Above all this is a safety issue. Catastrophic failures at 200mph is not good for anyone! Drivers need to have 100% faith in their tyres.


June 30, 2013 8:03 PM

richie, all the sudden you hate safety cars. Vettel came from the back one time aided by two safety cars and you praised the drive until the cows came home. Claiming worlds best drive ever. Whats up?


June 30, 2013 8:07 PM

The Kerb claim is a smoke screen, There have never been that number of tyre failures at Silverstone or any other circuit. Pirelli need to sort themselves out and admit to supplying poor tyres...


June 30, 2013 8:09 PM

Pirelli tried to change the tire. Ironically for this race. Some teams vetoed the change. My guess is they will run the new tire soon. Yes, the one Merc got to run on during their suspect test.


June 30, 2013 8:13 PM
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The problem is not only with Pirelli but a considerable amount of blame must lie with the FIA for not allowing them to test tyres on the tracks away from a race meeting. So what the FIA is effectively created a system where the teams and Pirelli are going in blind to each meeting as to how the tyres will cope with the conditions and the strain the cars will put on the tyres during the race weekend.


June 30, 2013 8:50 PM

smp. nico had a blister, nothing more. as for vettels, that was a cut caused by debris, and that has been confirmed. alonsos I don't know about. but the others were EXPLOSIONS. which Pirelli now say were NOT caused by cuts.

rob. I have always said that I hate safety cars as they just create a false race. but I doubt that I ever praised vettel for winning due to safety car. but if he passed others on merit, then I would praise him. remember the famous race in Canada when btton won and some were praising his outstanding ability, forgetting that he was gifted a lap and a half thanks to sc?


June 30, 2013 9:58 PM

You are correct. My earlier comments were based on past practice and the need to make decisions on facts and not speculation. Since then, data from RB and others clearly supports the fact that something else is going on with the tires, dangerously so. The call to revert to last year's tires is even supported to some extent by Lotus, and they stand the most to lose from a performance advantage with the current iteration of rubber. Let's hope they can solve the issue or construct enough of last year's model in the next short week.


June 30, 2013 10:58 PM

Make the cars drive one the circuit not off it, the white lines around the edge of the tarmac is the circuit outside that and you are driving off the circuit that means the concrete strips and kerbing around the corners. Take all of the kerbing and concrete areas away and make them stay on the tarmac! There will be much less chance of this happening. Did anybody see the guy on the BBC say that the kerbing on turn four was dangerous eh that kerbing is not part of the circuit they should not be driving on it take it away and there will be no danger!!!


June 30, 2013 11:37 PM

I thought the tires exploding added nicely to the spectacle, it added a new dynamic to racing. People can now start pools in which we bet on whose tires will explode next. I love it.

Safety? Competition? What does that mean? Which political organization is turning F1 in to a joke, making it green and fake for the masses? sigh.

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