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.”
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