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Trouble brewing after Belgian grand prix

Trouble brewing after F1 2015 Belgian grand prix

Trouble brewing after F1 2015 Belgian grand prix


Sebastian Vettel ended Sunday’s Belgian grand prix with a foul mood — and a mandatory visit to the stewards.

So angry was the Ferrari driver with his late-race Pirelli tyre blowout that he forgot to deliver himself to the FIA’s Jo Bauer to be weighed.

He was busier doubting Pirelli chief Paul Hembery’s claim that it was not the tyre’s fault for his potentially title chance-ending failure, but a simple matter of “wear”.

“It’s bullsh*t,” German Vettel raged, saying the quality of the Italian brand’s tyres is “unacceptable”. “If that had happened earlier, I’m not standing here now, I’m stuck in Eau Rouge and in hospital.”

F1 tyre provider Pirelli has hits back at Sebastian Vettel’s criticism against its tyres, 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.

As the chequered flag waved at Spa-Francorchamps, it was clear that two more paddock fights were also playing out.

The first is at Lotus, even though Romain Grosjean scored an against-the-odds podium — the Enstone team’s first since 2013.

In the pits, however, court bailiffs may now be moving in to impound the black and gold cars, due to legal action brought by former reserve driver Charles Pic.

“I’ve heard our cars have been impounded,” confirmed engineer Alan Permane to Britain’s Sky, “but I’m sure it will be sorted early next week.”

Finally, Red Bull has confirmed that it is seeking an ‘amicable separation’ to its contract with Renault, as a deal with Mercedes for 2016 potentially looms.

“I have to say that (an amicable separation) sounds pretty good,” team official Dr Helmut Marko said, amid suggestions Renault is determined for Red Bull to comply with the deal.

And Bernie Ecclestone is also urging Mercedes to play along, warning the German carmaker to “think very carefully before saying no” to Red Bull’s engine request, according to the Sunday Times. (GMM)

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6 Comments
  • Scott

    Yes its clockwise but most of the high speed corners (therefore tyres are loaded) are left handers. So the right rear would wear faster

  • Kaush

    I am a big fan of Seb, but my opinion is that its not Pirelli’s fault,,sorry seb.

  • Jamie Huntoon

    Well I would like to see the LR tire and how much wear was on it..because that would be the rear tire to wear out first on a clockwise run track.

  • maserati123

    F1 NEEDS TO BRING BACK DIFFERENT TYRE SUPPLIERS,THEN THE QUALITY WILL GET BETTER,THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS WHEN ONLY ONE MAN IS SELLING ONIONS,YOU HAVE TO TO BUY FROM ALONE.

  • Shane Phillips

    That 40 lap thing was just an estimate, and didn’t take account for things like changes to climatic conditions, the different ways drivers drive which will impact the tyres differently, specific car setup, debris, the drivers going over kerbs, and so on, so it’s not impossible for it to have been worn out.

  • Warham Pendrich

    “F1 tyre provider Pirelli has hits back at Sebastian Vettel’s criticism against its tyres, 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.” That was a proposal by Pirelli that was based on their tire 2 years ago. We know Pirelli has changed their compound since that time. The last time we had tires exploding, Pirelli said the same thing that the tires were not used properly. I can tell you that if it were a Pirelli road tire just randomly blowing up no matter the cause, there would be lawsuits flying.

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