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Pirelli: Ferrari punctures unrelated

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17/07/2017

Though both Ferraris suffered punctures to the same left-front tyre within a lap of one another, ahead of a full investigation, Pirelli suggests the two were unrelated.

"We are obviously investigating the tyres as usual," said Mario Isola, "but more deeply because of what happened.

"We believe, although it has to be proven, that the mode of failure of the two tyres is different, so we need to investigate," he added.

"What we can exclude is that we had any carcass failure on Kimi's tyre because the tyre was still inflated. There is a part of the tyre that is damaged and we will investigate deeply on all the tyres, not just this tyre.

"Sebastian had a different issue with a loss of air," he revealed, "so we have to understand and we will provide a report.

"We are working together with the teams, because the data from the teams is an important part of the investigation and it's in the interest of everybody to better understand what happened."

Amidst media speculation that Ferrari was at fault for leaving its drivers out on the softs for too long, Isola said the finger should not be pointed at the Italian team.

"We are investigating 360 degrees," he said, "I am not excluding anything, and to be sure that we come to the correct conclusion we need to be with an open mind and consider everything.

"It is too easy to say it is wear and close the investigation, but this is not professional from our side. We need to be sure that we find the right explanation, maybe it's a puncture."

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1. Posted by mickl, 18/07/2017 23:16

"The sniper shot the wrong car"

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2. Posted by Pavlo, 18/07/2017 22:21

"To Spindoctor - I would expect tyres to degrade and lose grip, but not to explode suddenly. So I agree, it's interesting to see how the teams play with strategy, and we actually saw that strategy fight: Valterri on fresh softer tyres was faster than Kimi and Seb on older harder, and it was interesting to see the battle for 2nd. But when it suddenly explodes - I don't like it and I don't think teams really have the data to make a conscious bet, it looks now more like just hoping for luck."

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3. Posted by Spindoctor, 18/07/2017 11:33

"When you force the manufacturer to make tyres which are non-optimal, in order to "spice up" the "racing"[sic] what do you expect?
Pirelli could easily make tyres which gave decent grip and lasted a whole race, they could also make super-grippy ones which lasted (say) 1/4 or 1/3 distance. If using the latter a compulsory stop by Lap x could be enforced for Safety reasons. But that aside let the teams decide what strategy to run, balancing grip and performance against pit-stops. Run both tyres, or only one.

More generally, a return to much more in-season testing would help Teams "understand" the tyres. It would be nice to see Vettel, Hamilton et al going Hammer & Tongs for all 70 Laps, and not worrying about "the undercut", or tyre-failure if they overdo it. They could at least factor degredation rates into their strategies, and choose what works for them, not for Liberty."

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4. Posted by Pavlo, 17/07/2017 22:49

"Unrelated? I would understand if they would say that Ferrai misuses or overloads the tyres so they got the same problem. But saying that by pure coincidence the same tyre breaks without on both cars of one team (while no other car had a problem) sounds very weird.
One question - what exactly have RB noticed (or measured) to call Verstappen to pits? So there was some warning sign on the telemetry, I suppose, serious enough for them not to risk ant try to get podium?"

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5. Posted by GrahamG, 17/07/2017 10:05

"When is someone going to realise the disaster Pirelli has inflicted on F1 over the past years. PLEASE a decent reliable, modern tyre supplier.
Pirelli marketing department must cringe every F1 weekend when the depth of their ignorance is exposed to the few people still watching"

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6. Posted by Kkiirmki, 17/07/2017 9:15

"Vettel did pit early for his first stop; however, Kimi was on a similar strategy to the majority of other drivers. "

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