Lunedì, 22 Ottobre 2018
ROME

F1: Pirelli says its tyres are safe after blowouts

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Rome, July 3 - Pirelli has said its tyres are safe
and that Formula One teams contributed to a series of blowouts
at the British Grand Prix last weekend by not using them
correctly.
After conducting an investigation, the Italian company said
four rear-left tyre failures at the Silverstone track on Sunday,
which sparked alarm about driver safety, were caused by a series
of factors.
These included the fact that some teams had deliberately
put tyres intended for the right rear on the left side of their
cars, had run them at lower pressures than recommended and used
extreme camber angles in an attempt to boost performance.
"Under-inflation of the tyres and extreme camber settings,
over which Pirelli has no control, are choices that can be
dangerous under certain circumstances," it said.
The company accepted that it was in part to blame though,
as it had not banned teams from mounting tyres on the wrong
side.
But it stressed that its product was safe.
"Pirelli would also like to underline that the 2013 tyre
range does not compromise driver safety in any way if used in
the correct manner, and that it meets all the safety standards
requested by (F1's governing body) the FIA," Pirelli said in a
statement.
Nevertheless, the company said it would take stronger rear
tyres to this weekend's German Grand Prix and introduce a new
range by the time of the Hungarian Grand Prix later this month.

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