Whitmarsh admits Germany boycott possible
1 July 2013 – McLaren boss Martin Whitmarsh has warned there is a danger of this weekend's German Grand Prix being boycotted, with various teams and drivers expressing concerns over safety after a succession of tyre failures at Silverstone on Sunday.
Four drivers suffered dramatic left-rear blow-outs throughout the 52-lap race, with Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton describing the situation as "unacceptable" after being struck with the issue along the Wellington Straight while holding the lead.
And with the next round in Germany just days away, it is feared that the events of the 2005 United States GP at Indianapolis, when all Michelin runners withdrew from the race due to blow-outs along the banking section of the track, could arise once more.
"There is that danger [of a boycott] and rightly so if teams and drivers aren't convinced that they can [race] safely," Whitmarsh, whose team again failed to score a point at Silverstone, explained to Sky Sports.
"But that's not what we want for F1. We have faced some of these issues before at Indianapolis and that was terrible for the sport so we have really got to work together. This is not a time to point fingers, it's time to work together, find a solution and get on with it."
FIA President Jean Todt called an emergency meeting with Pirelli and race director Charlie Whiting at Silverstone last night, before inviting the tyre supplier to attend the latest Sporting Working Committee meeting at the Nürburgring on Wednesday.
Pirelli is currently completing investigations as to the root cause of the failures.