Pirelli has indicated that an in-depth investigation will begin to find out in detail the causes of the cascading punctures that occurred at the end of Sunday’s Formula 1 race at the British Grand Prix.
At Silverstone on Sunday three drivers [Sainz, Bottas and Hamilton] suffered a puncture to the left front wheel of their car in the final laps of the race.
Pirelli will of course start an investigation, but says that the punctures occurred on a large number of laps and the two safety cars deployed today certainly played a significant role in the tyre degradation.
“Of course we will be looking in depth at what happened to the tyres of the two Mercedes cars and Carlos Sainz’s McLaren in the last two laps of the race.”
Mario Isola, Pirelli’s F1 director, confirms that “we’ll be looking at what happened to the tyres of the two Mercedes cars and Carlos Sainz’s McLaren in the last two laps of the race.
“What we already know for sure is that the tyres involved in these problems were heavily exploited, with nearly 40 laps, some of them under safety cars.
“The race was very much influenced by the safety car, with the second one inducing a pit stop for almost everyone, resulting in a very long second stint.
“After a full analysis, we will be able to fully understand what happened, which will obviously be very valuable information for us for the next weekend at Silverstone. ”