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Pirelli strengthens tyres following Silverstone

Pirelli have been taking a lot of criticism following the British Grand Prix at Silverstone this weekend for providing tyres which are not strong enough, making it dangerous to race on them. Pirelli has said that they will definitely strengthen the tyres in time for this weekend’s German Grand Prix after many drivers have been complaining about them including Lewis Hamilton, who dropped from first in the British Grand Prix to last thanks to his tyres being faulty. However, he did change them in a pit stop and manage to climb his way back up to 4th, but he really wanted to win his home Grand Prix.

In total, at the British Grand Prix there were blowouts for Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes), Fernando Alonso (Ferrari), Felipe Massa (Ferrari), Sergio Perez (McLaren), Jean-Eric Vergne (Toro Rosso) and Esteban Gutierrez (Sauber). The immediate reaction from many of the drivers was that it had to be dealt with straight away instead of letting the problem carry on until someone gets hurt. So Pirelli have announced they are changing the tyres in the hope they will be less prone to cuts and punctures and by the time Hungarian Grand Prix comes around at the end of July, they will have changed back to the 2012 tyres.

Pirelli immediately change their tyres

It is believed that Pirelli are going to change the fabric of the tyres to Kevlar, which is a material that is flexible and strong, therefore won’t be ripped, cut or punctured so easily. The previous rules that were laid down by the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA), who are the governing body, were that the other teams could block Pirelli from replacing the tyres. However, obviously they have decided to change the rules to allow Pirelli to change the tyres for safety reasons.

For now, only the rear tyres are going to be replaced and the front ones will stay the same like they have been for the whole of the season so far. It will be like that for the German Grand Prix, but soon all of the tyres will be changed making the sport much safer for everyone. The tyres which are being used for the German Grand Prix are going to be changed back to the Pirelli tyres used in 2012, which are completely different tyres, for the Hungarian Grand Prix.

Lewis Hamilton talked about Pirelli’s tyre problem, “It needs to be done straight away, it’s obviously an issue. It was the first time in my career I’ve ever felt it was dangerous. After my incident, I was definitely nervous for the rest of the race that the tyres might go again. Safety is the biggest issue. It’s just unacceptable really.”

Author Daniel Foster
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