By Alex Kapadia
Following exhaustive analysis into the explosive incidents that unfolded at the British Grand Prix last weekend, Pirelli has revealed what it believes caused the tyres to blowout on four cars.
It highlights a number of factors behind the incidents, including the mounting of the rear tyres the wrong way round, low tyre pressures, extreme cambers and the aggressive kerbing at Silverstone.
According to a statement issued by the Italian tyres manufacturer: “Pirelli would also like to underline that the 2013 tyre range does not compromise driver safety in any way if used in the correct manner, and that it meets all the safety standards requested by the FIA.”
Paul Hembery, Pirelli’s motorsport director, added: “What happened at Silverstone was completely unexpected and it was the first time that anything like this has ever occurred in more than a century of Pirelli in motorsport.
“These incidents, which have upset us greatly, have stressed the urgency of the changes that we already suggested – which will be introduced during for free practice in Germany on Friday.
“We would like to acknowledge the willingness of the FIA, FOM teams, and drivers to act quickly to find an immediate solution to the problem. In particular, the adoption of winter tests, arranged with the FIA, that are more suitable for tyre development and the possibility of carrying out in-season testing will contribute to the realisation of tyres with increasingly improved standards of safety and performance.
“I’d like to re-emphasise the fact that the 2013 range of tyres, used in the correct way, is completely safe.
“What happened at Silverstone though has led us to ask for full access to real time tyre data to ensure the correct usage and development of tyres that have the sophistication we were asked to provide and extremely high performance that has lowered lap times by more than two seconds on average.
“While we wait for a change in the rules, we will introduce tyres that are easier to manage.”