F1 » HAVE YOUR SAY: Who or what is to blame for F1 tyre shambles?

F1 tyres took centre stage again at the British Grand Prix, but where should the finger of blame be directed after the latest rash of high-profile failures?

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July 01, 2013 8:22 AM

I don't know who's a fault and neither does anyone else there lies the problem.
Gary Anderson's theory of the inside edges of kerbs causing cuts seems plausible but they never caused a problem in 2011 or 2012. There's certainly no need for the sharp edges, hire a grinder and a couple of men, £500 - problem gone.
Since Pirelli started sticking kevlar in tyres their problems seemed to have increased.
IF the teams are running tyres at lower than recommended pressures then they are bloody stupid.
Whatever the cause it must be identified and resolved immediately, there was a genuine risk to life and limb of drivers, marshals and spectators yesterday.


July 01, 2013 9:12 AM
Last Edited 1039 days ago

Kimi incident was unpleasant. If the tyre had ripped of a bigger bit of carbon it could have been worse, that stuff is razor sharp.

Pirelli are in F1 to use it as a marketing tool. They must be questioning that, especially when lulu is on the 10 o'clock news saying the tyres are dangerous.

Merc seem to be over their tyre issues, how did they figure that out?

It's to early to say but another PR disaster for Pirelli.


July 01, 2013 9:44 AM

Pirelli are absolutely to blame for manufacturing tyres which delaminate and explode - no other manufacturers ever had this problem. Having followed F1 since the 1970s I have never witnessed such a shables as seen during the last few years. The ultimate blame for this sits squarely in the Bernie Ecclestone camp, messing with the fundamental component that mates the car with the track surface. The answer is to stop the exclusive supply arrangement.


July 01, 2013 9:54 AM

Newey's opinion

"It's a concern for the whole paddock, primarily from a safety point of view, but then also if the championship ends up being decided by random tyre failures then it wouldn't be a very satisfying championship," he said.

"Safety wise, there are two issues: there's the car that has the failure having an accident. But also you have three kilos of tread flying around and if that hits the following car in the helmet it doesn't bear thinking about.

"I will be very disappointed if, after this, there continues to be no action."


July 01, 2013 10:08 AM

The reason for the catastrophic failure of the 5x tyres is clear .... The 25-30mm protruding edge of the left turn in kerb at Silverstone compounded left turn G's and over inflation and new Kevlar construction of the Pirelli tyres. I suggest the blame does not entirely sit with the tyre manufacture.

Sasha Alexandrovich

July 01, 2013 10:11 AM

Maybe also add recommended tire pressures to the scrutineering list. If two or more tires are underinflated, you are excluded from the result. And Pirelli should build a bombproof tire now that is new for everyone. I don't care if it last all race and is difficult to warm up.


July 01, 2013 10:20 AM

one problem you have is everyone crying when pirelli wanted to test with a modern car
governing body making stupid rules re testing
if they said ok every team can use one car in a monday test for pirelli to use a new style tyre on safety grounds then there would be no problem
the teams shouldnt have the right to cry this tyre doesnt suit my car i refuse to let any one else use it

i dont think its pirellis fault as such
or the teams or drivers
its the rules for making it all but impossible to fix any problems other than by guess work


July 01, 2013 10:22 AM
Last Edited 1039 days ago

Nobody wants to talk about how the FIA's political agenda is soiling the performance of F1. Just wait till next year, sure they can go max boost with the cars during qualifying but their race pace will be complete a**.

Perhaps the FIA will take advantage of this situation to help install Michelin in order to try to bring in some tires that perform better in order to make up for the lack of performance that will be happening. ...

the real kicker is teams will have to invest even more heavily in aero in order to keep corner speeds even higher in order to limit full throttle time.

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