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Multiple tire failures blight beginning of British GP

Jun 30, 2013, 8:56 AM EDT

Monaco F1 GP Auto Racing AP

Just when Pirelli appeared to be out of the woods, tires have once again become the focus of the Formula One fraternity after a series of spectacular failures during the early stages of the British Grand Prix.

With conditions very hot at Silverstone, many were expecting tire wear to be higher than usual, but it is unlikely anyone predicted the kind of tire failures that occurred. Lewis Hamilton was the first to lose out after pulling away into the lead from pole position. When going down the Wellington Straight, the left-rear tire of the Mercedes blew out, forcing Hamilton to crawl back to the pits and fall down the order.

Felipe Massa was the next driver to be affected, spinning on the entry to the Wellington Straight and too suffering a puncture. This second blowout signalled to the rest of the field that it was time to pit, with Jean-Eric Vergne being the lead runner in 7th who did not change his tires. As a result, the Toro Rosso suffered a puncture on the entry to Stowe, with the debris left on the racing line warranting the safety car to make an appearance.

Red Bull found cuts in Vettel’s rear tires, suggesting that the failures may be due to the way the kerbs have been cut. Regardless, the drivers may find themselves having to be very careful during today’s race.

  1. Jeff - Jun 30, 2013 at 9:42 AM

    Pirelli, we have a problem.

  2. apexassassin - Jun 30, 2013 at 10:29 AM

    “These are just the tires we asked Pirelli to make.”


    Pirelli not only suck and are ruining F1, they are clearly dangerous and this race was horrible. I’m not impressed.

    • brookwell2013 - Jun 30, 2013 at 10:35 AM

      As a new fan of F1 I have 2 questions for Apex: (1) what in the world can Pirelli do in one week before Germany to fix the tire problem and (2) there seemed to be a completely different attitude on the podium today without Vettel; it was much more relaxed and the drivers up there seemd genuinely happy for each other without Seb…..did I read that scene correctly Aoex or am I hallucinating?

      • purplesectornet - Jun 30, 2013 at 3:21 PM

        it was the same tire…left rear…one of those things…hope they go back to last years spec now on safety reasons…

  3. socalracepix - Jun 30, 2013 at 12:26 PM

    I would have loved to have seen this but NBC sports,, my cable company, & whoever, where ever I looked said the race would be broadcast, tape delayed, at 8:30 AM Pacific time (11:30 Eastern) but instead I was treated to bicycle racing & a guy giving me a recap of the race.

    Whoever is responsible for this, should be reprimanded, written up, fired, & shot. Oh btw NBC, you owe me a DVD of this race.

  4. brookwell2013 - Jun 30, 2013 at 12:45 PM

    Race was shown live (Commencing at 4:30AM PST) on CNBC. Cox Cable was my provider. The folks at NBC really have to unify their coverage naionwide here in the US or they are going to just flat out lose fans. It’s almost as if F1 is a stepchild and they move it all over the place on their various services……what a mess. Come on NBC, straighten this out with unified and consistent coverage.

    • indycarseries500 - Jun 30, 2013 at 5:08 PM

      At least they showed it live any form of motorsport, save NASCAR, is going to get what’s perceived as being “the red-headed step child.” All things considering NBC is giving us open wheel fans great coverage, I feel they do want to grow IndyCar and Formula 1 in the States and what they are giving us is much much much better than what we’d get with ESPN/ABC or Fox/FS1/FS2.

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