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Michael: McLaren ran within Pirelli limits

4 July 2013

McLaren sporting director Sam Michael insists that the Woking-based team ran within Pirelli's guidelines throughout the British Grand Prix weekend.

The team was amongst those to suffer tyre failures in the Silverstone race, with Sergio Perez the fourth and final driver to suffer a left-rear blowout.

It followed an earlier puncture for the Mexican during practice, with Pirelli responding to the various incidents with a lengthy statement on Tuesday that blamed a 'series of different causes' for the problems that emerged.

The tyre supplier insisted that a failure to stick to Pirelli's suggested tyre pressures and the use of extreme camber had played a part in the four failures that occurred in the race, although Michael insisted that McLaren had fully worked within Pirelli's guidelines throughout the event.

"All I can say is on behalf of McLaren, and McLaren have run the correct specification on all of our tyres as they ran at Silverstone on the car, including the tyres that had failures," he told Sky Sports News. "They ran with all the specified tyres pressures, they ran within all the specified camber limits, so at no point did they run outside the limits set by Pirelli.

“If there were some teams that were running outside the limits set, then it is up to Pirelli to enforce that and make sure all the teams do the same thing. We would support Pirelli if they want to increase the amount of monitoring and control they have over that because it is very important in this business that you run the products in an area where they need to be safe. However, as I said on the McLaren car those were always run within specification."

Michael added that he didn't expect the changes being made by Pirelli for the German Grand Prix this weekend to have a major impact on the order of the field if teams have been running within the guidelines in place.

"It shouldn't unless teams have been running outside the limits and now have to run within them," he said. "But I can only speak on behalf of McLaren because we know what setup we run on our car, so whatever other teams do on theirs is up to them. It shouldn't really change things - it should just be safer."


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