Pirelli: Flat spot caused Pérez failure
6 October 2013 – Sole Formula 1 tyre supplier Pirelli has attributed Sergio Pérez's right-front tyre failure suffered during the Korean Grand Prix to a flat spot caused by a severe lock-up.
The McLaren driver was travelling between Turns 2 and 3 when his structure blew up, causing major damage to the front of his car in the process. But instead of an outright failure, Pirelli Motorsport Director Paul Hembery said the issue was brought on.
"Regarding Sergio Pérez's front-right tyre issue we have been able to determine very quickly that it was the result of a flat spot caused by a lock-up under heavy braking," said Hembery, whose brand introduced tyre changes in Germany and Hungary. "We're on exactly the same construction as we raced here last year, so there's no underlying problem, while flat spots or punctures have always been an integral part of racing."
Red Bull's Mark Webber was critical of Pirelli while speaking to reporters after the race, the Australian predicting that the company would pin the blame on a flat spot.