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Pirelli official statement: F1 ignored tyre limit laps rule

Pirelli official statement: F1 ignored tyre limit laps request

Pirelli official statement: F1 ignored tyre limit laps request


F1 tyre provider Pirelli has hits back at Sebastian Vettel’s criticism against its tyres, saying it previously request limit laps rule, but nobody listened.

The victim Vettel’s right-rear medium-compound tyre failed on its 28th lap of use in a 43-lap race, falling the German from third to 12th.

Having said Vettel’s tyre incident was due to the tyre’s wear life, Pirelli released a statement on Sunday night claiming it had predicted such an issue two years ago.

“In November 2013, Pirelli requested that there should be rules to govern the maximum number of laps that can be driven on the same set of tyres, among other parameters to do with correct tyre usage,” the Pirelli statement read. “This request was not accepted.

“The proposal put forward a maximum distance equivalent to 50% of the grand prix distance for the prime tyre and 30% for the option. These conditions, if applied today at Spa, would have limited the maximum number of laps on the medium compound to 22.”

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