Pirelli considering change to tyres after latest failure

2013 Spanish Grand PrixPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

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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  1. TheBeast23
    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!

  2. 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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