In the last few laps, amazing things happened at the British Grand Prix.
Gradually, the tires of various drivers broke. Valtteri Bottas fell from second to eleven with a puncture, Lewis Hamilton dragged himself across the finish line with only three wheels. But not only the Mercedes were affected.
Carlos Sainz in McLaren was catapulted out of the points due to a defective tire and Max Verstappen also had big problems.
At the end of the race, everyone at Silverstone wondered why so many tires gave up in no time. Red Bull team boss Christian Horner has now made a major contribution to clarifying the problem.
Cuts from Verstappen and Vettel
Two laps before the end, Team Max Verstappen got into the pits to change the tires. Later the old tires of the Dutchman were examined, with a clear result. According to Horner, the tire had “about 50 small cuts”. This was caused by debris on the route.
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“If we had stayed outside, we could have lost second place with the same defect as Lewis, Carlos Sainz and Bottas. It was just at the limit,” continued Horner.
However, cuts were not only discovered on the Red Bull tire. Sebastian Vettel also had something similar to report. “I had no vibrations or signs, but when I stopped at the Parc Ferme, I saw that there was a pretty big cut. I think I was lucky. I don’t know how long the cut had been there. I think there were several Cars had problems. Some of them got it, others were lucky, “said the four-time world champion.
Pirelli still without explanation
Lewis Hamilton, whose left front tire was completely destroyed, also believes that debris is to blame. “I was sure that these tires would last quite a long time. I am convinced that they were probably pieces of debris,” said the Briton, revealing: “From the safety car there were everywhere in Maggots and Becketts (turns on the Silverstone Circuit , Ed.) Debris. I don’t think it cleaned up there. “
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Tire manufacturer Pirelli, however, is still not quite sure what triggered the many defects. “We will of course investigate what happened in the last laps. It could be the high wear, but I’m not saying that was the reason for the problem,” manager Mario Isola said. But not without making it clear that the debris could also have been the cause.
“We don’t want to rule out anything,” said Isola. But it is still “too early” for an explanation.