Pirelli: Silverstone blow-outs a new issue
30 June 2013 – Formula 1 tyre supplier Pirelli has admitted that the succession of tyre blow-outs suffered during Sunday's British Grand Prix were caused by an unforeseen issue.
Pole-sitter Lewis Hamilton, Felipe Massa, Jean-Éric Vergne and Sergio Pérez all endured left-rear delaminations during the 52-lap race at Silverstone, the third of which brought out the Safety Car due to the mass of debris littered over the circuit.
Speaking after the race, Pirelli Motorsport Director Paul Hembery refused to give much away before the completion of full analysis, but said the problem was new.
"Obviously today wasn’t foreseen," Hembery explained. "We’ve seen something new. It's a different type of problem. We’re currently performing our analysis."
He added: "We’ve got to go away and understand what happened. When we’ve got the facts then we can understand what’s happened and get to the core of the issue. We take these things seriously and when we have the answers we’ll let you know."