Silverstone: Kerbs not to blame for blow-outs
1 July 2013 – Silverstone organisers have shunned claims that the circuit's kerbs could have played a role in the dramatic sequence of tyre failures suffered at the British Grand Prix.
Four drivers were hit with left-rear blow-outs during Sunday afternoon's race, including early leader Lewis Hamilton, prompting sole tyre supplier Pirelli to launch a full-scale investigation at its Milan headquarters in a bid to uncover the root cause of the issue.
Reports later emerged linking the tyre problems to sharp kerb edges at selected corners, but Derek Warwick, President of the British Racing Drivers Club (BRDC), brushed them aside as "absolute rubbish".
"Absolute rubbish," Warwick told Sky Sports. "These kerbs have been in since 2009 and we have had thousands and thousands of cars go over these kerbs and they have been absolutely fine. We have had them checked by the FIA and they conform fully with the FIA."
In the wake of the incidents, Pirelli has been asked to attend the latest meeting of the Sporting Working Committee, taking place at the Nürburgring on Wednesday.
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