F1 » Pirelli confirms tyre changes

Pirelli confirms changes to its tyres for the German Grand Prix after investigation reveals a 'series of different causes' were behind Silverstone failures

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July 02, 2013 10:04 PM

Deliberately putting a tyre on the wrong side,running the wrong pressure and having a camber angle the tyre wasn't designed for is reckless at best and damn right dangerous at worst.

I wonder how many teams and drivers will apologise for the comments they made about the tyres on Sunday!!

Daniel O`Kane

July 03, 2013 12:56 AM

I wonder if there was a performance gain to be had. If the sidewalls had a different level of stiffness then maybe swapping them round meant they effectively had softer or maybe harder tyres at least in terms of deformation. And maybe this is why some teams had great pace but poor tyre life.
I'm no expert. But I'm sure they didn't do it by accident.


July 03, 2013 1:12 AM

Changing the camber setting will hurt mercedes badly. they have the max camber of other teams from what i have seen. to the point that the contact patch is just couple of inches sometimes. There is a reason why only 4 of the tires exploded in the race. It all came down to camber, pressure, wrong side tire being used and of course how much the driver loaded them when they used the kerbs.

Hamilton, Massa, Perez all 3 of them have aggressive tire burning driving style. They are not conservationists like alonso, raikkonen, button. Maybe that has to do something with why their tires exploded... not their fault, but there has to be method to the madness


July 03, 2013 1:40 AM

Wow, it's good you have inside knowledge of all the camber settings on all the teams. That or your calibrated eyeball is able to pick out that 1/4 degree difference between car set-ups. Thanks for your insight.


July 03, 2013 1:55 AM

banditfan, there is a separate video on how much camber each team / driver uses and compares it to their driving styles. if you are a racing driver, you would have known it. it doesnt need calibrated eyeballs. It just needs some thinking and analysis. we use our brain for that


July 03, 2013 2:50 AM
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Alonso had a tire failure too. Alonso was pitting in at the time it happened. The tires are not that great, but it's what the masters of the spectacle (FIA) want so stupid people like watching F1.

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