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German Grand Prix: 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
Pirelli has confirmed that changes are to be made to the tyres that will be used in the German Grand Prix this weekend at the Nurburging following a detailed investigation into the cause of the issues encountered in Sunday's British Grand Prix.

In its investigation – full details of which can be found by clicking HERE - the Italian firm claimed that a variety of factors had combined to lead to the blowouts suffered by Lewis Hamilton, Felipe Massa, Jean-Eric Vergne and Sergio Perez.

In a long and detailed statement released to the press, Pirelli claimed that teams had taken the decision to mount rear tyres on the wrong side of the car - a move that placed undue pressure on the wrong side of the tyre given they are designed to run on a specific side of the car - and had also run low tyre pressures and high amounts of camber.

The tyre company also suggested that the kerbs at Silverstone had played a part in the failures, but denied that some of the delamination issues encountered earlier in the year had been a factor.

Despite insisting that its 2013 rubber is safe when used 'in the correct manner', Pirelli has confirmed that it will provide teams with the Kevlar belted tyres that were tested in Canada for the German race.

With the new rear tyres continuing to feature an asymmetric design, teams will be forbidden from swapping the right and left tyres around and will be informed of limits on what camber settings and tyre pressures should be used.

Pirelli will then work to provide a range of symmetrical tyres for the Hungarian Grand Prix onwards which will combine the construction of the 2012 tyres with the compounds being used this season.

These tyres will be tested during the three-day test at Silverstone later this month which was originally supposed to be the annual Young Driver Test.

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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!!


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

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