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F1 must avoid Indy ’05 repeat – Whitmarsh

Jul 1, 2013, 9:00 AM EDT


McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh says action must be taken to prevent a repeat of the multiple tire failures which blighted yesterday’s British Grand Prix.

Time is short for Formula One to take action after yesterday’s dramatic race in which four drivers suffered sudden left-rear tire failures.

Whitmarsh said teams could boycott this weekend’s German Grand Prix if a solution is not found, leading to a repeat of the circumstances of the 2005 United States Grand Prix. Only six cars started that race after fourteen runners on Michelin were forced to withdraw over safety concerns.

“What’s not what we want for Formula One,” Whitmarsh told Sky. “We have faced some of these issues before at Indianapolis and that was terrible for the sport so we have really got to work together.”

“This is not a time to point fingers, it’s time to work together, find a solution and get on with it.”

Whitmarsh expects the sport will take action in time for this weekend’s race, the first session of which takes place on Friday:

“I think something will have changed by Germany. I’m not considering [withdrawing] at the moment, it’s something all the teams and drivers will have to take a view on, but we have to support Pirelli and make sure we give them all the information and enough time to make the right decisions.”

  1. apexassassin - Jul 1, 2013 at 3:46 PM

    FP1 in Germany in three days. Bullshit 2013 steel belted tyres are already there. The Technical Working Group (which doesn’t include Ferrari, Red Bull, or Toro) is meeting tomorrow and Pirelli are invited. It will be interesting to see how this is handled, if at all.

  2. AGMWorld - Jul 2, 2013 at 2:30 PM

    I think it’s too late, because the Indy USGP 2005 race occurred this past Sunday at Sliverstone. Even thou it was painful to watch the 6 car F1 race that day, I’m for safety all the time and it would suck to see to the tire failures of Sliverstone of 2013 occurred that day at Indy.

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