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Webber in fresh row with Pirelli over tires

Oct 7, 2013, 11:00 AM EDT

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Mark Webber has blasted Pirelli’s Formula One tires again after Sergio Perez suffered a tire explosion during the Korean Grand Prix.

Webber was following Perez at the time and picked up tire damage himself by running through the debris.

“That is how it is,” said Webber to The Telegraph after the race. “The drivers aren’t super important – it is what other people want.”

“The tyres are wearing a lot and they also explode a bit. But that is for Pirelli to sort out.”

Pirelli motorsport director Paul Hembery responded to Webber’s latest complaints, saying: “There are two issues here that Mark is conflating.”

“Firstly the situation with Sergio’s tire. It was nothing to do with delaminations earlier in the season. He had a major lock-up and flat-spotted.”

“The other issue about degradation is the same old story.”

Fernando Alonso also complained about Pirelli’s tires during the weekend, leading to a stinging response from Hembery in which he told Alonso to consult the “soon to be four-times-champion” Sebastian Vettel on how to get the best out of the rubber. Hembery later apologized for his remarks.

Hembery said Perez’s failure was no cause for concern: “We have been able to determine very quickly that it was the result of a flat spot caused by a lock-up under heavy braking.”

“We’re obviously on exactly the same construction as we raced here last year, so there’s no underlying problem, while flat spots or punctures have just always been an integral part of racing.”

  1. zydecobro333 - Oct 7, 2013 at 3:31 PM

    Pirelli needs to leave F1 they did nothing for themselves but gain bad Publicity
    and Renault builds better engines than Benz or Ferrari
    Just look up how many Championships Renault engine or 100% Renault teams have one in the last three decades.. They are Dominate !!
    Hard to believe that Ferrari or Benz cant touch a Renault

  2. wiscpaul - Oct 7, 2013 at 4:41 PM

    Perez’s tire blew because it locked up as a result of having no rubber left on it. It’s not two issues, it’s one Webber is right.

  3. apexassassin - Oct 7, 2013 at 5:54 PM

    Pirelli are unfit for F1, plain and simple. How would this season have gone if the teams could actually push in their mltimillion dollar cars? Would Vettel still be so far ahead? We’ll ever know.

    What we do know is that Pirelli’s budget tires haven’t been great. Their cost saving measures proved flat out dangerous (steel vs kevlar) and 8/10 fans worldwide would prefer to see a return to the tire war. Also, given the FIA’s commitment to safety I’m frankly shocked they haven’t forced the FOM to do something about Pirelli. I suspect it’s because Michelin are the Official Tire Supplier of the FIA and Todt didn’t want to seem nepotistic,

    I boycott Pirellu and if you aren’t satisfied maybe you should too. 😉

    ps before some uninformed noob quotes the media spin story about the fans and FIA asking for these subpar tires, all I ask is get your facts and timeline straight. That story came AFTER Pirelli brought out tires that fall apart and frankly in their return they couldn’t even get the “tread” to adhere to the sidewalls, much less make a reasonable sidewall that could absorb bumps. So go some reading and pay attention before quoting bullshit like that. Thanks in advance.

    • indycarseries500 - Oct 8, 2013 at 9:09 PM

      Quoting BS?! You’re the one making up facts like Pirelli asking Bridgestone for tech info, these tires were asked for way back when the contract was signed in 2010 and was mentioned all throughout the 2011 and 2012 seasons long before the Silverstone failures.

      • apexassassin - Oct 8, 2013 at 10:42 PM

        Dude, you are so full of shit you stink… try googling it or actually reading more than one series. 😉

        I wash my hands of you and your joke of an arguement. You aren’t informed well enough for me to even bother responding to any further. Either that or you work for Pirelli… naw your just stupid. Give the rest of Alabama my regards, lol.

    • imajoebob - Oct 9, 2013 at 12:56 PM

      Did you actually use the words “FIA” and “safety” in the same sentence? For future reference, that’s the point you offcially lost the argument.

      • apexassassin - Oct 9, 2013 at 11:36 PM

        Ah another genius!

        Look inside any drivers firesuit… no FIA logo & you don’t race in ANY SERIES in USA.

        So do some research or better still, grow a pair and spend a few days at the track… once you learn how to drive, of course.

    • worknman24hours - Oct 10, 2013 at 12:24 AM

      Well,Bernie Ecclestone has resigned Pirelli for next season so you get a whole ‘nother year to complain.

  4. imajoebob - Oct 9, 2013 at 12:55 PM

    Yeah, it’s not Pirelli’s fault if someone flatspots a tire and it explodes a half-lap later. He should have parked the car and waiting for a tow-in. C’mon, these guys were travelling at speeds up to 150mph in Korea!. It’s not like those crappy Goodyears they use in Nascar where they travel 185mph for 15 laps on flat-spot tires, or Indy where they go two or three laps on Firestones before replacing flatspots at 215mph!

  5. thenicklemansbrothera - Oct 10, 2013 at 2:37 PM

    If RB would give Webber a car equal to Vettel then he would have nothing to complain about. He too would be out front and not have to worry about other car’s tires exploding. FIA has set the standard for tires. If Parelli were told to make the tires last the whole race and not be concerned with tire wear and forcing tire changes they easily could. FIA wants what it is getting.
    To indicate that one is not going to buy Parelli because the F1 issues is like saying they are not going to buy a GE product because a GE jet engine failed. The F1 tire division has little or nothing to do with their road tires.

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