F1 » Silverstone defends kerbs amid tyre crisis

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Silverstone has not been resurfaced or had new kerbs placed since last year when the new layout track was first used for F1 & there was not a problem with tyres then. Problem has to lay either at the construction of the tyres or at the teams themselves if what was said during the Sky commentary was true. According to the sky commentary Pirelli advised teams to run between 15 & 17 psi pressure in the tyres but some teams were running as low as 13psi. Lower pressure gives more grip but also allows sidewalls to run lower sometimes becoming an extension of the contact surface, If this happens the sidewall will give in fairly quickly.

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