Pirelli considering change to tyres after latest failure

2013 Spanish Grand Prix

Paul di Resta, Force India, Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona, 2013Pireli says it may be necessary to revise the construction of their tyres after the failure experienced by Paul di Resta during practice.

Di Resta’s left rear tyre shed its belt of rubber as he drove onto the pit straight during the session. The tyre remained inflated but Di Resta had to bring the car to a stop.

“Obviously there was a problem in the final part of [second practice] that affected the medium tyre on the Force India of Paul di Resta and we?re going to investigate the cause of that fully,” said Pirelli motorsport director Paul Hembery.

“Whatever the cause, this is not something we like to see and once we have established all the facts we will decide whether some further modifications to the tyres are required to help avoid this type of issue.”

Pirelli experienced other problems with its tyres during the last race in Bahrain. One of Lewis Hamilton’s tyres failed during practice, causing damage which forced him to take a five-place grid penalty.

Felipe Massa had two tyre failures during the race which Pirelli believe were caused by debris. However they were unsure of the exact cause of Hamilton’s failure.

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60 comments on Pirelli considering change to tyres after latest failure

  1. HiPn0tIc (@hipn0tic) said on 10th May 2013, 20:53

    For all the Pirelli’ defenders here it is…
    This is a joke, the team invest millions on the car, setups, engineers, pilots.
    All the sponsors are investing millions, for what?? For the ONLY manufacturer in the F1 world to go and do a thing like this that puts in risk the car.

    So, if a team releases a car with a loose tyre, takes a huge fine and can see his pilot penalised.
    My question is what’s the consequences of this HUGE mistake that puts pilots life and results in danger?
    Why this unprofessional behaviour by Pirelli in a million dollars show? Why try and give the tyre monopoly to a 1 manufacturer only? Who is winning from this situation?

    I’m sorry but i cannot believe in this, and i’m very very apreensive about the future, they are killing F1.

  2. kbdavies (@kbdavies) said on 10th May 2013, 21:02

    Lol! That’s all i can say. It is funny to watch this silly circus go on. By the time the FIA, Pirelli and the fans/journos who support these silly tires come to their senses, F1 will be the laughing stock of the motorsports world.

  3. Jack (@jmc200) said on 10th May 2013, 21:22

    I’m a fan of Pirelli, after all they’re just doing what the FIA ask. I think the issue of degrading tires and these structural failures should not be confused, I’m fine with the degradation, but the failures are worrying and dangerous, if the failure had happened earlier in the corner, Di Resta would have been thrown into the gravel at high speed. That isn’t good enough.

    • Dizzy said on 10th May 2013, 22:28

      I think the issue of degrading tires and these structural failures should not be confused

      I agree, Unless the root cause of the failures are been caused by Pirelli designing the tyres to act the way they do.

      If could be that in order to get the degredation there after they have made t

      I think the issue of degrading tires and these structural failures should not be confused

      I agree, Unless the root cause of the failures are been caused by Pirelli designing the tyres to act the way they do.

      They have said before that that to get the performance loss over a stint that there getting the tread depth is thinner & there’s nothing inbetween the tread & the canvas.

      Plus all the tinkering with operating windows & temperature ranges could be the cause of the overheating which drivers are now saying there totally unable to feel on the 2013 tyres.

      I think they should go back to the 2011 tyres, I think they were the best Pirelli have produced thus far. They still suffered from wear but still allowed drivers to push & I don’t recall any complaints about the tyres from teams/drivers that year.

  4. Jason (@jason12) said on 10th May 2013, 22:43

    Geez finally sense will prevail….

  5. Antye said on 11th May 2013, 1:29

    Must’ve been all the carbon debris lying around…!

  6. TheBeast23 said on 11th May 2013, 7:21

    Get Pirelli Mk 1’s out and bring on Pirelli Mk 2’s or New Bridgestones

    Now we could have the real Hamilton back or i should say BEASTALTON!

  7. John H (@john-h) said on 11th May 2013, 10:20

    Hembery on BBC sport:

    “‘It’s similar to the (failures of the) other tyres we’ve seen this season,’ Hembery said. ‘When we made the move to putting high-tensile steel in the belt pack, when you get debris cutting the tyre it doesn’t penetrate it. Instead the tread heats up and comes away. Last year it would probably have deflated the on the rim and gone down immediately. So we’ve changed the mode of failure. You could argue it’s safer because the tyre hasn’t gone down.”

    So don’t worry folks, the tyres are actually “safer”!!
    That told us.

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