F1: Pirelli says its tyres are safe after blowouts

Italian company says teams contributed to explosions

F1: Pirelli says its tyres are safe after blowouts

Rome, July 3 - Pirelli has said its tyres are safe and that Formula One teams contributed to a series of blowouts at the British Grand Prix last weekend by not using them correctly. After conducting an investigation, the Italian company said four rear-left tyre failures at the Silverstone track on Sunday, which sparked alarm about driver safety, were caused by a series of factors. These included the fact that some teams had deliberately put tyres intended for the right rear on the left side of their cars, had run them at lower pressures than recommended and used extreme camber angles in an attempt to boost performance. "Under-inflation of the tyres and extreme camber settings, over which Pirelli has no control, are choices that can be dangerous under certain circumstances," it said. The company accepted that it was in part to blame though, as it had not banned teams from mounting tyres on the wrong side. But it stressed that its product was safe. "Pirelli would also like to underline that the 2013 tyre range does not compromise driver safety in any way if used in the correct manner, and that it meets all the safety standards requested by (F1's governing body) the FIA," Pirelli said in a statement. Nevertheless, the company said it would take stronger rear tyres to this weekend's German Grand Prix and introduce a new range by the time of the Hungarian Grand Prix later this month.

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