LONDON: Italian tire manufacturer Pirelli is scrambling to convince the motorsport world that it is on top of a series of tire failures at the British Grand Prix on Sunday.
The company has been criticized 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,” he said. “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.”
Tire failures affected six drivers at the event. Pirelli responded with a statement by motorsport director Paul Hembery saying engineers will closely investigate the cause of the failures ahead of next week's German Grand Prix.
“We are taking the situation very seriously, and we are investigating all tires to determine the cause as soon as possible ahead of the next grand prix in Germany,” said Hembery. “At the moment, we can't really say much more until we have fully investigated and analyzed all of these incidents, which is our top priority.”
The statement denies that a new bonding process it introduced at the race was the cause of the tire failures.
The FIA, Formula 1's governing body, has called on Pirelli to attend a meeting in advance of the German Grand Prix next week.
This story originally appeared on the website of PRWeek UK.