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Pirelli: New bonding process ruled out as cause of British GP tire problems (VIDEO)

Jun 30, 2013, 5:49 PM EDT

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Pirelli motorsport director Paul Hembery has told Formula One’s official website that while a final, exact cause for the multiple tire blowouts in today’s British Grand Prix has not yet been found, the tire manufacturer’s new bonding process was not to blame.

Lewis Hamilton, Felipe Massa, Jean-Eric Vergne and Sergio Perez all suffered blowouts during the event, which was won by Nico Rosberg.

“At the moment, we can’t really say much more until we have fully investigated and analyzed all of these incidents, which is our top priority,” Hembery said in his comments. “However, we can exclude that the new bonding process, which we introduced at this race, is at cause for the tyre failures we have seen today.

“There might be some aspect to this circuit that impacts specifically on the latest version of our 2013 specification tyres but at this point we do not want to speculate and will now put together all the evidence to find out what happened and then take appropriate next steps should these be required.”

Pirelli had planned to bring in modified tires for the Canadian Grand Prix, but rain in Montreal led to a vote amongst the teams that scrapped the plan and the company instead opted to try and correct delamination issues with the aforementioned bonding process.

The Silverstone incidents have brought a fresh wave of criticism toward Pirelli, with Massa declaring the blowouts as “unacceptable” and “very dangerous.”

  1. notoriousjebus - Jul 1, 2013 at 12:51 AM

    I think many aspects of F1 are great and I am a big fan. However, there are a few things that bug me about it. First is the master video feed. F1 has that sucker locked down so tight it’s ridiculous. It would be great if the individual broadcasters had some control over what they were showing. Instead the F1 control groups decide which cars they are showing and what they show replays of and when they show them. It’s not 1970. They have a ridiculous amount of video coverage but keeping such iron fisted control over what goes out is insane.

    Second, it’s all about the money. I am no socialist, and realize it’s a money making enterprise but Bernie Ecclestone takes it to the extreme. Pirelli is not capable of producing acceptable tires this year. It’s been an issue at almost every race. However, there is no way F1 stops using the tires because I am sure Pirelli paid a princely sum to be the official tire supplier.

    I wonder what NASCAR would do if their tire supplier was unable to produce a tire that could hold up under racing conditions.

    • indycarseries500 - Jul 2, 2013 at 12:03 AM

      Well NASCAR has kept Goodyear around for the last 20 years without even looking at other companies proposals and they at least have 4-5 right fronts blow out every week.

  2. apexassassin - Jul 1, 2013 at 3:49 PM

    I don’t believe a word Pirelli say at this point. Especially considering “we asked them to make tire like this” and the 12 other 2013 tire failures were all “caused by debris”.

    I just hope something gets sorted before someone gets seriously injured or worse.

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