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Pirelli: New bonding process not to blame for tyre failures 30 Jun 2013

Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W04 suffers a blow out.
Formula One World Championship, Rd8, British Grand Prix, Race Day, Silverstone, England, Sunday, 30 June 2013 Paul Hembery (GBR) Pirelli Motorsport Director, talks to the media.
Formula One World Championship, Rd8, British Grand Prix, Practice, Silverstone, England, Friday, 28 June 2013 Felipe Massa (BRA) Ferrari F138 suffers a blow out.
Formula One World Championship, Rd8, British Grand Prix, Race Day, Silverstone, England, Sunday, 30 June 2013

Formula One racing’s official tyre suppliers Pirelli say that it is too early to pinpoint the cause of the blow-outs that affected several drivers in Sunday’s 2013 Formula 1 Santander British Grand Prix.

However, they have ruled out the new bonding process used on tyres for the race at Silverstone as being at fault.

Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton, Ferrari’s Felipe Massa, Toro Rosso’s Jean-Eric Vergne and McLaren’s Sergio Perez all suffered tyre failures, prompting Pirelli to launch a thorough investigation ahead of next weekend’s German round at the Nurburgring.

“There have obviously been some issues with rear-left tyre failures which we have not seen before,” said Pirelli’s motorsport director Paul Hembery. “We are taking the situation very seriously and we are currently investigating all tyres to determine the cause as soon as possible, ahead of the next Grand Prix in Germany.

“At the moment, we can’t really say much more until we have fully investigated and analysed all of these incidents, which is our top priority. However, we can exclude that the new bonding process, which we introduced at this race, is at cause for the tyre failures we have seen today.

“There might be some aspect to this circuit that impacts specifically on the latest version of our 2013 specification tyres but at this point we do not want to speculate and will now put together all the evidence to find out what happened and then take appropriate next steps should these be required.”

FIA President Jean Todt told French television that he had met with Pirelli officials and that he was expecting them to bring proposals to Wednesday’s planned meeting of Formula One racing's Sporting Working Committee at the Nurburgring.

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