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New Pirelli tires voted down by Formula One teams

Jun 13, 2013, 3:00 PM EDT

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The eleven Formula One teams have voted against the introduction of the newly-designed Pirelli tires at the British Grand Prix after they failed to be evaluated last weekend in Canada.

Following a series of tire failures in the opening five rounds of the season and an unusually high number of pit stops, the teams lobbied for a new design to be introduced at some point during the year. Pirelli brought the compound to the Canadian Grand Prix for the teams to test during practice for the race, yet the wet weather conditions meant that the sufficient running was not completed, reasoning their decision.

“This decision is due to the fact that the new tires, which were brought to the Friday free practice sessions in Canada, could not be tested sufficiently due to rain – and that the teams failed to agree unanimously about introducing the changes,” the Italian tire supplier said in a statement.

“Instead a change in the tire production process should now ensure that the delamination issue has been addressed.”

Pirelli had always insisted that the changes would be made on safety grounds, but Ferrari and Lotus had led the charge to prevent any alterations believing that it was a case of adapting to the tires instead of expecting them to be perfect.

An improvement does appear to have been made, with the Canadian Grand Prix being won on two stops despite the track traditionally being very hard on tires.

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