Pirelli 'taking situation very seriously' after Grand Prix chaos

Italian tyre manufacturer Pirelli is scrambling to convince the motorsport world it is on top of a series of tyre failures at the British Grand Prix yesterday.

McLaren: team driver Sergio Perez suffered one of the blowouts
McLaren: team driver Sergio Perez suffered one of the blowouts

It has been criticised by drivers including Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton, who said the incidents were dangerous and called for Pirelli to take action.

‘The safety is the biggest issue. It’s just unacceptable really,’ said Hamilton.

‘To have four blowouts – it could have happened at high speed, someone could have crashed and I was thinking in the race behind the Safety Car it’s not until someone gets hurt that someone’s going to do something about it.’

Tyre failures affected six drivers at the event, and Pirelli responded with a statement by motorsport director Paul Hembery saying engineers would investigate closely the cause of the failures ahead of next week’s German Grand Prix.

Hembery said: ‘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.’

The statement denies that a new bonding process it introduced at the race is the cause of the tyre failures.

Pirelli has been called by Formula 1 governing body the FIA to attend a meeting in advance of the German Grand Prix next week.

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