Sunday, 16 July 2017

F1: PIRELLI AND FERRARI TO INVESTIGATE "SUDDEN" TYRE BLOW-OUTS IN THE DRAMATIC ENDING OF THE BRITISH GP


Ferrari and tyre maker Pirelli will investigate the cause of sudden tyre blow-outs happened on the closing stages of the British Grand Prix...Pirelli said the two incidents involving Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen were "different"...

Sebastian Vettel dismissed the notion that they were pushing too much because of the championship...

"In the end, we were lucky that we could get back [to the pits] and sill see the chequered flag," Vettel told reporters...

"It was very sudden, Obviously, after Valtteri [Bottas] passed I dropped the pace and tried to get the car home, turning everything down. For sure we lost a bit of pace because the tyres were going down [in performance] but nothing out of the ordinary. So it was quite sudden when the tyre decided not to take me to the end of the race."


His soft tyres were on for 30 laps, way over the race half-mark...

Pirelli's head of car racing said: "We believe, but it has to be proven, that the two modes of failure of the two tyres were different.

"What we can exclude is carcass failure on Kimi's tyre because the tyre was still inflated. Sebastian had a different issue with a loss of air.  

He said they will work with the team and that the data from Ferrari will be very important in the investigation.