Pirelli explains cause for tire wear, to bring softer rubber for second GP
By Srihari HS 04 August 2020 | 17:23
Pirelli has concluded from its investigation that the tire problems during the British Grand Prix were caused by high pressure on the compounds. The high stress on the tires made them wear out faster than expected. However, the tyre maker is insisting on bringing softer tires this weekend.
Extremely long use of the tires is also one of the causes, Pirelli explained. At the end of the race, tire wear was so high that the soft rubber could no longer handle the pressure. The tyremaker has increased the pressure recommendation for its compounds during the second Silverstone GP to avoid this problem.
Despite the high wear issue, Formula 1 tire supplier has chosen to use softer compounds during the second weekend in Great Britain. Last weekend, they selected C1, C2 and C3 tires, and they want to race with C2, C3 and C4 tires in the next Grand Prix.
Safety Car caused an extra long stint at Silverstone
Because the Safety Car appeared on the asphalt early in the race, the teams opted for an alternative strategy. Almost the entire grid went into the pit lane for hard tires to finish the race. However, it turned out to be too long a stint for some drivers, which contributed to extreme tire wear.
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