A shocking ending: the tyres blow-up.
Pirelli to study the countermeasure.
Pirelli Car Racing manager Mario Isola added that the problem did not depend on the type of compound: “Depending on what the cause is, we will have to react appropriately. If we talk about wear, however, it doesn’t matter if we use the same compounds that we used today or the softer compounds. Each tyre has a number-limit of turns and this number depends on the structure of the cars, the track conditions, the driving style. That is why it cannot be said that the limit is the same for everyone”.
If the problem is wear, we do not solve it with the choice of compounds: if it is due to punctures, then there is little to do, it is not to have debris on the track. If the problem is another, we will have to understand it and react.
Mario Isola (Pirelli)
The problem on the front left tyre.
In all episodes, the tyre affected by the failure was the front left. In fact, when cornering, the weight of the car tends to move outwards, a phenomenon known as lateral load transfer, which is why the outer wheels are the most stressed. The most challenging corners of the track are also to the right, like the fast Copse and Stowe and the long-distance ones such as Club and Luffield. As a result, the most critical tyre at Silverstone from the point of view of wear is the left front, just the one that gave way on the cars of Bottas, Sainz and Hamilton.
A repeated scenario for Siverstone “replay”?
That’s why it is urgent to understand why this wear and tear, given also the task of the next Grand Prix: for the “replay” of Silverstone, among other things, Pirelli had planned to make available to C2 teams, C3 and C4, compounds therefore of a softer grade than those brought in “race-1”. If, however, the C1, those with the harder compound, suffered until they gave up, the scenario could be repeated with softer tires. Race Director Michael Masi has not hidden his concerns about this, while showing confidence in the solutions that will be adopted: “The FIA and Pirelli are working together to understand what is the cause of the degradation. As for the race next weekend, if necessary, we will make some changes”.
Ferrari’s revolution. Binotto is no more technical director.
“Right now I can’t get around with the pace that would be needed and as a result the feeling with the machine is rather low. Every time I try to push I have the feeling of losing the right feelings and this is a problem that we have to solve together with the engineers I had huge problems to extract the grip from the car, despite this weekend we tried different configurations”.
“Luckily we will still run here because I really like the track and the eighth place is certainly not the result I wanted this weekend at the start of the race I was punished with five seconds of penalty, but I honestly do not understand what I could do to avoid the accident. Magnussen didn’t see me, I tried to get in the way and then move, but I had no space for manoeuvre. In the next where I want to get a good result”.
“I’m not the technical director anymore, I’m just the team principal now.”
The number one of the Maranello then, pressed on the theme of updates, added some details in reference to the continuation of the season Ferrari: “It is early to say when and where they can arrive. We know where we need to improve and what there is to do. We are working very hard in Maranello. The situation of the regulations does not make the situation easy for us. The engine is frozen for the entire season. We can only work on engine modes, the way we use the power unit, but not on the structure. At the aerodynamic level we have some limitations on what we can do in the wind tunnel. But we have clear goals. Let people work”.
Race results. Our marks to the drivers. Hamilton, a win like Jim Clark.
C. Leclerc: He exploits the low-downforce setup to get the best position in qualifying. Very good tyre-management but his SF1000 is more than +1.100 sec slower than Mercedes. Final Mark: 7.5/10.
L. Hamilton: Very lucky at the end, but he is able to win on 3 wheels. If the failure would happened only a lap before the outcome would have be completely different. Final Mark: 8.5/10
V. Bottas: Probably on the race pace was slightly better than his teammate. Barrichello’s syndrome bereave him of the 2nd place. Maybe too cautious at the start? Final Mark: 7/10.
Ferrari: After the re-organisation of roles in Maranello, the Scuderia reaches the 3rd place with Leclerc and the 10th with Vettel. However, race pace gap to Mercedes is something not acceptable. Final Mark: 6/10.
S. Vettel: He has very few laps during the free practices to properly set-up his car. Probably the lack of traction of SF1000 damages his driving style. In any case, the gap to his teammate is difficult to explain. Final Mark: 5.5/10.
N. Hulkenberg: He dreamed a lot about the opportunity to take his first podium in F1. His neck was a bit stressed because of his absence from the Circus. Next time Nico. Perhaps, Perez is sniggering. Final Mark: 6.5/10.
M. Verstappen: The only one who can handle with his huge skills and passion the domination of Mercedes. Inside his head we imagine a “what if” situation. What if i didn’t pit in the last lap? Would I have win?” Final Mark: 7.5/10.