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Pirelli motorsport director Paul Hembery has told Formula One’s official website that while a final, exact cause for the multiple tire blowouts in today’s British Grand Prix has not yet been found, the tire manufacturer’s new bonding process was not to blame.
Lewis Hamilton, Felipe Massa, Jean-Eric Vergne and Sergio Perez all suffered blowouts during the event, which was won by Nico Rosberg.
“At the moment, we can’t really say much more until we have fully investigated and analyzed all of these incidents, which is our top priority,” Hembery said in his comments. “However, we can exclude that the new bonding process, which we introduced at this race, is at cause for the tyre failures we have seen today.
“There might be some aspect to this circuit that impacts specifically on the latest version of our 2013 specification tyres but at this point we do not want to speculate and will now put together all the evidence to find out what happened and then take appropriate next steps should these be required.”
Pirelli had planned to bring in modified tires for the Canadian Grand Prix, but rain in Montreal led to a vote amongst the teams that scrapped the plan and the company instead opted to try and correct delamination issues with the aforementioned bonding process.
The Silverstone incidents have brought a fresh wave of criticism toward Pirelli, with Massa declaring the blowouts as “unacceptable” and “very dangerous.”
Formula 1 owner Liberty Media is set to unveil a new logo for the series on Sunday following the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix at the Yas Marina Circuit.
F1 has used its current logo – a black F with a white 1 that is often missed due to the red swoosh on the right-hand side – since 1993, as introduced by former ringmaster Bernie Ecclestone.
Ecclestone’s tenure as CEO of F1 came to an end in January when Liberty completed its $8 billion takeover of the series, with American executive Chase Carey being installed as the new CEO and chairman.
Liberty has made a number of changes to F1 since taking over, including a relaxing of social media guidelines for teams in the paddock and a push into new realms such as eSports, and the logo is due to be the next switch.
F1 lodged three possible new logos with the European Union’s Intellectual Property Office last week, with the selected design set to be unveiled on Sunday. It is unclear if it will be any of the three below.
The change in logo marks the end for yet another era in F1 in Abu Dhabi this weekend, with a number of important periods also coming to a close at the checkered flag.