Jul 1, 2013, 10:13 AM EDT
Derek Warwick, former F1 driver and president of the British Racing Drivers’ Club which runs Silverstone, rubbished claims the tire failure seen in yesterday’s race were caused by problems with curbs.
“Absolute rubbish – these curbs have been in since 2009 and we have had thousands and thousands of cars go over these curbs and they have been absolutely fine,” Warwick told Sky.
During the race drivers were told to avoid using the curbs in several corners as teams suspected they might be contributing to the problems.
The curbs at The Loop and Becketts were under scrutiny as all five of the tire failures during the race occurred immediately after these bends.
But Warwick is convinced there was nothing wrong with them: “We have had them checked by the FIA and they conform fully with the FIA.”
“I think the problem is that we had the secret three-day test for Mercedes a few weeks ago – that test was to build a tire that was strong enough for the British GP.
“They came up with a tire and the teams then had to vote on bringing that new tire to Silverstone and three teams voted against bringing the new tire to Silverstone. So the teams need to look at themselves – they made the decision not to bring the new tire.
“I kind of blame Pirelli, but they did their best to bring a new tire to Silverstone and three teams voted against it.”
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