Pirelli reassure drivers over tyres

Pirelli have assured Formula One drivers and teams there are no concerns with their latest range of tyres.

Pirelli reassure drivers over tyres

Pirelli have assured Formula One drivers and teams there are no concerns with their latest range of tyres.

During yesterday’s second practice session for the Belgian Grand Prix both Sebastian Vettel and Fernando Alonso sustained punctures at the high-speed Spa-Francorchamps circuit.

That resulted in the drivers approaching FIA race director Charlie Whiting to seek assurances over the safety of the rubber.

That was in light of the blowouts over the course of the British Grand Prix weekend that sparked an outcry and resulted in Pirelli being forced to change the construction of this year’s tyres.

Following a detailed examination of the circuit between turns 13 (Fagnes) and 15 (Stavelot) where the incidents occurred, Pirelli discovered a piece of metal - understood to be a skidplate from one of the cars – as the cause.

After further discussing the matter with Whiting on Saturday ahead of final practice, the Italian tyre manufacturer is to deliver a report of its findings to the teams before then going public.

For now, motorsport director Paul Hembery at least was confident the rest of the weekend would remain trouble free as he said: “There are certainly no tyre-related issues, no issues from our perspective.

“We’ve seen no signs of fatigue. From our point of view there is no reason to be concerned.”

Hembery’s remarks counter the comments of Mark Webber who said after practice “We need answers and ’debris’ is not the answer.”

Alonso had also called for a “careful analysis” of the situation, and it appears Pirelli has again responded.

In light of the Silverstone fiasco, Pirelli initially introduced a compromise for Germany before a permanent solution was unveiled in Hungary four weeks ago with last season’s structure married to this year’s compounds.

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