The official tyre supplier’s Bridgestone’s tyres preliminary analysis was similar, but it did not stop some pundits from hinting that Hamilton’s aggressive driving style might have been a contributing factor. But the damaged parts were going back to Working for analysis on Monday, and Whitmarsh confirmed on Tuesday that a wheel rim failure looks the likely cause.
“The rim failure is being investigated,” he told reporters during a teleconference.
“It could be debris related, it could be an issue of deflection, or it could be a lack of tightness in the wheel nut, which allowed some flexing.
“What we know is the rim failed, probably human error somewhere in the process caused it, and that led to a deflation and the accident,” Whitmarsh added.