Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, Silverstone, 2013

Hamilton and Button demand changes to tyres

2013 British Grand PrixPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, Silverstone, 2013Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button called for changes to F1 tyres following a spate of failures during the British Grand Prix.

Hamilton was leading the race when his left-rear tyre exploded. “The safety is the biggest issue,” he said. “It’s just unacceptable really.”

Hamilton was involved in a test with Pirelli ahead of the Monaco Grand Prix to try to solve the problems with delaminations which had happened earlier in the season:

“I think we had that tyre test to develop and improve the tyre and stop that from happening. And after the tyre test they didn’t do anything about it.

“And to have four blowouts… it could have happened at high speed, someone could have crashed and I was thinking in the race behind the Safety Car it’s only until someone gets hurt that someone’s going to do something about it.

“But obviously I’m massively disappointed, and it is down to the tyres.”

Hamilton added: “I think it’s a waste of time talking to anyone at the moment, if I’m honest. They can see what happened today, if they don’t react on it then this is everything.”

Button said the problem with the tyres “needs to be sorted out.”

“Happening in a slow speed corner, fair enough that’s pretty bad. But happening at 300kph which is what Checo’s went at, it’s not right and it’s not just for the driver in the car, dangerous, it’s dangerous for all the cars behind.

“First of all he could lose control at that speed but also the cars behind are getting hit with a massive piece of belt of rubber, which has got metal in it. So it’s got to change.”

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  1. Didn’t RBR go on and on about this and got branded as whingers?
    ….so they were right to complain after all.

    1. Yup. The hypocrisy of the racing fans on here is pretty staggering. Today they’re calling out Pirelli and the team principals for vetoing the necessary changes because some of their favourite drivers have been affected. They’re criticizing F1 for waiting for a disaster before making changes. But two or three races ago when Vettel called it a safety issue they all shouted “Maybe you should just deal with it, you cry baby!”

      Never underestimate the power of cognitive dissonance.

  2. Glen Morgan
    2nd July 2013, 21:24

    Can someone say “Bridgestone”.

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