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Pirelli blames teams for British Grand Prix tyre failures

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Pirelli says the teams are to blame for the six tyre failures at the British Grand Prix after concluding their investigation.

The Italian tyre supplier claims teams are not using the 2013 tyres within the safety guidelines set, insisting the tyres "do not compromise safety if used in the correct way".

Revealing the conclusions of their investigation, Pirelli said there was "a series of different causes".

"Rear tyres mounted the wrong way round," a media statement summarised, "low tyre pressures, extreme cambers and high kerbs".

Pirelli added that using low tyre pressures and extreme camber "can be dangerous under certain circumstances".

"I'd like to reemphasise the fact that the 2013 range of tyres, used in the correct way, is completely safe," said motor sport director Paul Hembery.

Some are seeing this announcement by Pirelli as the tyre supplier trying to shift the blame onto the teams, though Hembery denies such claims.

"In no way are we intending to create arguments or attack anybody," he said. "We are receiving the full support of all the parties involved, for which we are very grateful."

But F1's most experienced driver Rubens Barrichello believes the 2013 rubber is the main cause for the troubles seen this season.

"Last year, the overtaking was as good as it is today but there was less trouble with the tyres," he told Brazil's Totalrace. "So Pirelli should look at whether the changes they made this year caused all of this."

Pirelli will now be introducing a new kevlar belt at this weekend's German Grand Prix. Earlier in the year such a move was blocked by several teams, notably Lotus and Force India, but after Silverstone the FIA removed the need for unanimous support paving the way for the new tyres.

For the Hungarian Grand Prix a whole new tyre will be introduced which combines the 2012 construction with the 2013 compounds.

This move will certainly help teams such as Red Bull and Mercedes and may even provide a boost for struggling teams like McLaren and Sauber.

The tyres from 2012 had a much lower operating temperature and a smaller window of peak performance, so teams will need to make adjustments to adapt to the new tyres.

 

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