Pirelli has accomplished its investigation into Kimi Raikkonen’s tyre failure in the course of the closing laps of the British Grand Prix and consider ‘the attainable reason behind this harm is according to contact in opposition to an exterior physique’.
The Finnish driver suffered a front-left tyre failure with three laps to go in the course of the British Grand Prix, whereas Ferrari team-mate Sebastian Vettel suffered a separate front-left tyre puncture a lap later, however Raikkonen was in a position to proceed on a partially-inflated tyre to get again to the pits and alter tyres to return to the observe in third place behind Mercedes pair Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas.
Pirelli unveiled Vettel’s blowout was brought on by a gradual puncture, which dropped him to seventh place on the end, and have now confirmed Raikkonen’s puncture was more likely to have been brought on by selecting up harm from an exterior object.
The Italian producer defined its investigation noticed it run rigorous assessments on different front-runners’ tyres in comparable situations however discovered no indicators of wear and tear on harm over the same mileage as Raikkonen’s incident.
“The outcomes of the evaluation on Ferrari driver Kimi Raikkonen’s front-left smooth compound tyre, which skilled a difficulty on the finish of the current British Grand Prix, reveal particular harm in two locations on the fringe of the belt near the inner shoulder space,” the Pirelli assertion learn. This harm isn’t current all through every other areas of the tyre in any respect. Moreover, the belt and the construction don’t present any indicators of fatigue.
“The attainable preliminary reason behind this harm is according to contact in opposition to an exterior physique, resulting in a partial separation of the belt from the carcass within the two affected areas. In one in all these two locations, as a logical consequence, a part of the tread additionally turned indifferent. This harm didn’t nevertheless compromise the precise tyre construction, with Raikkonen in a position to make his means safely again to the pits on an inflated tyre.
“A variety of detailed assessments have since been carried out, each harmful and nondestructive, on different tyres utilized by frontrunners on the British Grand Prix with the same or greater distance on them in comparison with the set utilized by Raikkonen (for 25 laps).
“On no event was there any signal of fatigue, detachment or laceration – and even the start of such issues – that affected the construction of the tyre. In conclusion, Pirelli can affirm that no points have emerged linked with the tyre itself.”