Apr 22, 2013, 8:33 AM EST
Formula One’s official tire supplier Pirelli believe Felipe Massa’s punctures during the Bahrain Grand Prix were caused by debris.
Massa was forced to make extra pit stops on lap 17 and 36 during yesterday’s race after suffering right-rear tire failures.
“Looking at the tires the initial analysis is that the first one had a very small cut in the top of the tire,” said Pirelli motorsport director Paul Hembery, adding the likely cause was “parts from another car”.
“The second tire had a big cut in the sidewall, very aggressive,” he added. “There were no reports of contact with Felipe so we still need to talk with Ferrari about what happened but as we say, initially, two very big cuts for the tire.”
Massa’s two problems left him 15th in the race, ending his 13-race streak of consecutive top ten points finishes.
“I was really unlucky in this race and even if it’s true that many things can happen in this sport, I can’t find an explanation for why so many of them have to be negative,” bemoaned Massa after the race. He added he’d experienced understeer during the race but did not believe it was related to his tire failures.
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