Alonso keen for answers over tyre issues
23 August 2013 – Fernando Alonso says "careful analysis" is needed after the Ferrari driver and Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel suffered punctures during Friday practice in Belgium.
The Spaniard, who ended the day seventh fastest, suffered a slow delamination in the afternoon session, while championship leader Vettel was forced to crawl back to the pit lane after his right-rear tyre gave way on the exit of the high speed Stavelot corner.
In addition, Giedo van der Garde slid into the barriers after a peculiar crash at the same spot that Vettel suffered his issue, an incident being linked to Pirelli's tyres.
"It will be important to have a good understanding of how the tyres are behaving in the dry, as well as finding out what happened to the Caterham, to Vettel and also to me on my in-lap," Alonso explained. "I don’t think it’s a similar problem to Silverstone, maybe more of a random set of circumstances, but all the same, it needs careful analysis."
Pirelli said investigations into the failures will continue through the evening at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit, with early suggestions that debris was to blame.