F1 » Newey slams ‘short-sighted’ rivals as RBR calls for 2012 tyres

Adrian Newey has blamed the 'short-sighted' interests of other F1 teams for exacerbating the problems faced by Pirelli after the British Grand Prix.

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July 01, 2013 1:20 PM

A bit of a callous statement from Mr. Newey. I am sure if teams had known exploding tires was a possibility I am sure the other teams would have called for the 2012 sets. When approached the other teams were only basing their choice on tire wear, not safety concerns.


July 01, 2013 3:56 PM

Texas, once again I am agreeing with you.
Mr Newey knows perfectly well that if his car was using the tyres like the other teams cars he is talking about he would have been on the other side of the fence.


July 01, 2013 6:03 PM

A hypocritical statement from a team that has blocked track and tire testing consistently. Mr. Newey opens himself to charges that he is using a safety issue for the advantage of his own team agenda.


July 01, 2013 6:24 PM

Who wants to bet that all teams agree to the new tyres for Germany and to be fair rbr were not one of the teams objecting just ferrari ,lotus and good old i don,t care about exploding tyres force india


July 02, 2013 1:58 AM

Vettel was told over the radio that the team had added 2psi to the tires they just put on the car. That is a considerable amount of air/gas for an F1 car. Leads me to believe that the lower pressures coupled with a crumbly tire on the high speed circuit BOTH contributed to the blow outs. Tryiing to save tire wear with under inflations may work on the family car.


July 02, 2013 2:01 AM

Kind of dissappointing really that Newey would make a statement like this to push the RBR agenda. Yes, what happened last sunday was a shambles but although we have seen a couple flat tyres earlier in the year we haven't seen anything like the last race.

It may well have been the track that created the problem and eventhough the tyres should still not blow up of course, at other tracks there may very well be no issue at all. There's no point in overreacting.

Side note: it occurred to me that all the 4 drivers who had failures all have quite an aggressive style (well I don't know about Vergne but certainly hamilton, massa and perez). Maybe there's something there. They even said in quali you could hear Massa just jams in the throttle instead of progressively easing it in like some others.


July 02, 2013 7:15 AM

Glad someone with the integrity of Newey, who seldom speaks about anything, is willing to speak out. And for those that somehow seem to think this is being done to further some RBR agenda, there are two facts that seem to answer any doubters. First, RBR suffered no tire failures. And second, RBR has been the most competitive team on the current tires, handily leading both the constructors and drivers championships, even with Vettel's gearbox failure. Newey is right, if there had been a driver, corner worker, or spectator injured (or worse) due to the flying debris or a car spearing off the track after one of these catastrophic failures the failure to have taken the proper precautions would be disastrous for the sport.

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