F1 » Michael: McLaren ran within Pirelli limits

Sam Michael insists that McLaren ran within Pirelli's guidelines during the British Grand Prix at Silverstone

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July 05, 2013 5:13 AM

re: "Agree with rob01, they conveniently forget to mention they had the rear tyres on the wrong side of the car, therefore they were not running to specification."

(a fish stinks from the head down.)

doesn't matter. a tyre was still designed asymmetrical with a known safety concern. then put into the field without any system of enforcement/verification for proper mounting. if there's a clearer case of product liability...? I haven't seen it.

even with instructions communicated, there's still something known as "human factors" (ask the FAA about this). crews can do a full pit-stop, all 4 tyres, (once upon a time fuel), and a wing change in less than 5 secs.

if not clearly marked, it's ENTIRELY plausible a boffin can yank off the wrong warmer in that hustle and a tyre can make it out onto a hot track/live race in an incorrect position still creating a safety hazard. any professional engineer who doesn't see this needs to go do something else. this is not for you.

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