Pirelli attributes punctures to 'outside factors'
23 August 2013 – Pirelli says the tyre punctures experienced by drivers during free practice for the Belgian Grand Prix were most likely caused by debris on the track surface.
Both Sebastian Vettel and Fernando Alonso endured tyre problems at similar places on the circuit, while Giedo van der Garde, who crashed just after Vettel had developed his puncture around the exit of Stavelot, also claimed that driver error was not a factor.
With Ferrari driver Alonso calling for a 'careful analysis' of the situation, Pirelli's Motorsport Director, Paul Hembrey, has acted swiftly to assuage driver fears of a repeat of the tyre failures that plagued the British Grand Prix at Silverstone.
"Towards the end of the afternoon session, both Sebastian Vettel and Fernando Alonso had a puncture on their right-rear tyre around Turn 14 and we are currently investigating the cause," Hembery said of the issues. "From initial analysis it appears that both were caused by an outside factor, probably debris on the track."