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Following a series of tyre failures at high speed during the British Grand Prix, Bernie Ecclestone claims that the FIA have given Pirelli clearance to hold two three-day unrestricted tests.
Pirelli have come under a lot of criticism so far this year, but have struggled to solve any issues due to the restrictions on testing.
The British Grand Prix saw four left rear tyre failures and one front left tyre failure at high speed and a number of drivers also suffered slower punctures. Race Director Charlie Whiting later admitted that he had considered red flagging the race, “It was quite close to being red-flagged; it did occur to me to do that,”.
In order to combat a series of tyre failures, which Pirelli claim are unrelated to tyre failures we saw earlier this year, Ecclestone claims that the Italian tyre manufacturer have been given permission to hold two three-day testing session with absolutely no restrictions placed on them.
Despite Ecclestones claims though, Sky Sports News was told by an unnamed team that discussions about such a decision have not taken place yet.
Immediately following the race took to the press to talk about the danger and safety issues involved, demanding that it’s sorted out straight away. Tellingly, Felipe Massa was heard saying ‘in the hands of god’ during his pitstop following his tyre failure, which gives some indication of how the drivers felt about the situation.
Some drivers also suggested that they didn’t feel the kerbs were to blame with Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso saying, “I don’t think the kerbs have any influenced because I’ve been racing 12 years now in Silverstone and the kerbs they were never a problem. So I don’t think this year they were a problem.”.
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