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Sergio Perez describes tyre failures as "unacceptable"

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Perez's failure in Korea has raised fresh concerns over the Pirelli tyres (©GettyImages)
Perez's failure in Korea has raised fresh concerns over the Pirelli tyres (©GettyImages).

Amid renewed criticism of the Pirelli tyres, Sergio Perez has slammed failures like he suffered in Korea last weekend as "unacceptable".

In recent days Mark Webber and Fernando Alonso have questioned the Italian suppliers' product and their safety, while Perez admits degradation is a part of modern F1, tyre failures should not.

Quoted on Autosport, the driver said, "tyre degradation is part of the game, it is part of the Formula 1 we are having."

"It is something that all the teams and all the drivers must get their head around - and try to get the best out of it. It is obviously very frustrating if you fight a car for more than one lap or two, you destroy your tyre.

"It means if you are in to a certain strategy you will not complete that strategy, so you have to change things. It just makes it tricky.

"But what is totally unacceptable is that we see tyres exploding. So I think that is totally unacceptable from teams and drivers definitely."

The Mexican's failure in Korea was the first not to be caused by debris since Silverstone, though instead it is believed a hole was created in the tyre following a heavy lock-up towards the end of his second stint.

That has led the 23-year-old to question whether tyres should be able to cope with such lock ups which are fairly common in F1.

"This is the first time we hear that from a lock-up the tyre can explode," he said.

"Then, we hear that this is normal. I think this is not normal at all.

"I think we have seen a lot of lock ups. It is easy to lock up as well; it is a formula car, so it is quite normal that you can lock up.

"But what is not normal and we cannot get used to seeing is an explosion of the tyre with the tread coming out of the tyre. This is absolutely not acceptable from teams, from drivers. It is
just not acceptable."

Fernando Alonso added to his recent criticism in Japan stating that while it is up to the teams and drivers to improve how they look after the tyres, Pirelli should also review the quality of it's rubber for next year.

"It is the same tyre for everyone so it is our problem first of all," he said referring to the work being done to look after tyre life.

"But what is not our problem is when someone had a puncture, like we saw in Silverstone, or have five changes during one year in compounds and in constructions.

"And when it is Perez, five days ago, had a tyre explosion again. Because of a lock up?

"Okay, maybe because of a lock-up - but after 20 laps if you have one lock-up and you have a tyre explosion there is something not going in the right direction. This is a fact. This happened five days ago. It is not words.

"Again, everyone sees - and it is what we don't want to see for next year. So we need to improve that quality."

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