FIA president Jean Todt has demanded that F1 tyre supplier Pirelli attend a meeting of the Sporting Working Group, which was already scheduled to take place on Wednesday and is now set to be dominated by the quest for a safe solution to the tyre failures suffered by Pirelli in Silverstone.
THE SWG comprises FIA representatives as well as the Sporting Directors of each of the 11 Formula 1 teams.
Todt wants the Italian company to offer a proposal at the meeting of how it plans to correct the situation after five drivers suffered blow outs during the British Grand Prix. Pole sitter and race leader Lewis Hamilton was the first, with Felipe Massa, Jean Eric Vergne and Sergio Perez also suffering a left rear failure while Estaban Gutierrez suffered a left front failure.
Race winner Nico Rosberg and Fernando Alonso both reported that they too had suffered problems, but luckily for them it happened close to the pits and so did not end their race.
Hamilton and Massa both called the situation “unacceptable”.
Pirelli had wanted to introduce a revised specification of tyre at this race, but refused to press for it on safety grounds. As a result, the teams were not able to reach a unanimous decision to approve the new tyres.
Now the situation is different; Todt has called this a “safety problem” all options are open including the FIA imposing a change on safety grounds.
However when asked by this website whether the teams would back change this time round, Ferrari team principal Stefano Domenicali said,
“It’s something that we have to work together on as an F1 world to solve. I have an idea that of course we need to discuss in the next days – that we have a test here at Silverstone that is supposed to be with young drivers.
“Considering the fact that this track is very demanding for the tyres, and we can really with Pirelli do something during these [test] days to solve this issue I would also say use the race drivers – because this is also for them something very important.
“So I can guarantee to you that, from the team point of view, we are very open to trying to find a solution. This is something we all benefit from.”
The idea of the Young Driver Test being taken over as a safety test for 2013 tyres received universal approval in the paddock, although it was suggested that at least one or two of the days should be driven by experienced drivers, in addition to the young drivers.
Pirelli’s Paul Hembery did little with the media after the race, save for an interview with BBC TV, however his statement said, “There have obviously been some issues with rear-left tyre failures which we have not seen before. We are taking the situation very seriously and we are currently investigating all tyres to determine the cause as soon as possible, ahead of the next Grand Prix in Germany. At the moment, we can’t really say much more until we have fully investigated and analysed all of these incidents, which is our top priority.”