Pirelli has confirmed that Sebastian Vettel’s tyre failure on the penultimate lap of the British Grand Prix was brought on by driving round on an underinflated tyre that was the results of a sluggish puncture.
Vettel suffered a blow-out on his front-left tyre in the direction of the top of the race at Silverstone, costing him a podium end.
The incident got here one lap after Ferrari team-mate Kimi Raikkonen had additionally suffered a front-left failure on the identical level of the circuit, however Pirelli burdened after the race that the incidents have been separate.
In a press release issued on Friday, Pirelli confirmed that after analysing Vettel’s harm tyre and the related knowledge, it may affirm sluggish puncture was the basis explanation for the issue.
“Pirelli has concluded the evaluation on Sebastian Vettel’s broken front-left P Zero Yellow comfortable tyre, which affected him two laps from the end of the British Grand Prix,” the assertion reads.
“As appeared clear since Sunday afternoon, a full investigation has now confirmed that the unique explanation for the failure was a sluggish puncture. The ensuing driving again to the pits on an underinflated after which flat tyre led to the ultimate failure.
“Kimi Raikkonen’s broken tyre exhibits much less proof of what occurred, so additional checks and evaluation are nonetheless ongoing in Pirelli’s laboratories and indoor testing amenities.
“It’s going to take just a few extra days to succeed in a definitive conclusion.”