June 30, 2013

Everything You Need To Know About the 2013 British GP

Well,  on the plus side,  exploding tires did make for an exciting race but I would not want to be in Paul Hembery's shoes today even if that fault lies solely with Pirelli remans to be seen.

Gary Anderson eloquently explains for BBC.


The British Grand Prix
Silverstone, Britain;
52 laps; 306.198km;
Weather: Sunny.


Pos Driver                Team                     Time/Gap
 1. Nico Rosberg          Mercedes                 1h32m59.456s
 2. Mark Webber           Red Bull-Renault         +     0.765s
 3. Fernando Alonso       Ferrari                  +     7.124s
 4. Lewis Hamilton        Mercedes                 +     7.756s
 5. Kimi Raikkonen        Lotus-Renault            +    11.257s
 6. Felipe Massa          Ferrari                  +    14.573s
 7. Adrian Sutil          Force India-Mercedes     +    16.335s
 8. Daniel Ricciardo      Toro Rosso-Ferrari       +    16.500s
 9. Paul di Resta         Force India-Mercedes     +    17.993s
10. Nico Hulkenberg       Sauber-Ferrari           +    19.700s
11. Pastor Maldonado      Williams-Renault         +    21.135s
12. Valtteri Bottas       Williams-Renault         +    25.094s
13. Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes         +    25.968s
14. Esteban Gutierrez     Sauber-Ferrari           +    26.285s
15. Charles Pic           Caterham-Renault         +    31.613s
16. Jules Bianchi         Marussia-Cosworth        +    36.097s
17. Max Chilton           Marussia-Cosworth        +  1:07.660s
18. Giedo van der Garde   Caterham-Renault         +  1:07.759s
19. Romain Grosjean       Lotus-Renault            +     1 laps

Fastest lap: Webber, 1:33.401

Not classified/retirements:

Driver                Team                         On lap
Sergio Perez          McLaren-Mercedes              47
Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull-Renault              42
Jean-Eric Vergne      Toro Rosso-Ferrari            36

World Championship standings, round 8:                

Drivers:                    Constructors:             
 1.  Vettel        132        1.  Red Bull-Renault          219
 2.  Alonso        111        2.  Mercedes                  171
 3.  Raikkonen      98        3.  Ferrari                   168
 4.  Hamilton       89        4.  Lotus-Renault             124
 5.  Webber         87        5.  Force India-Mercedes       59
 6.  Rosberg        82        6.  McLaren-Mercedes           37
 7.  Massa          57        7.  Toro Rosso-Ferrari         24
 8.  Di Resta       36        8.  Sauber-Ferrari              6
 9.  Grosjean       26       
10.  Button         25       
11.  Sutil          23       
12.  Vergne         13       
13.  Perez          12       
14.  Ricciardo      11       
15.  Hulkenberg      6       
All timing unofficial


  1. Despite the fact that maybe the kerb cutted the tyres, Pirelli showed up their new tyres. Many drivers quoted that it's not Silvertone's circuit fault, but Pirelli's fault. I think what happened today is shameful in today's races.

  2. Kerbs with those kinds of back edges exist at a lot of tracks around the world. Laguna Seca, Barcelona, Circuit de la Sarthe for example. Pirelli being unable to cope with that just seems wrong. Even if they do get a cut in the tire, it shouldn't blow out explosively like that. I mean last year, they'd go floppy then slowly disintegrate. Lets go back to that.

  3. Not all of it is Pirelli's fault; how do you expect Pirelli to make tires that can last AND put on a good show if you give them a car from 2010 to test? Their test car is 3 years old - that's a lifetime for F1 cars in terms of development and downforce...the teams need to stop being so selfish and start looking out for the greater good of the sport and start agreeing on some things like allowing in-season testing with current cars so that Pirelli can make their tires safer. Selfish teams...

  4. I was laughing at Newey's proclamations that teams refused to do the right thing and let Pirelli bring back the old tire "because they were afraid of losing performance" when in fact it was Red Bull who wanted the old tires because they HAD lost performance and cannot run as much downforce with the new ones. Hilarious.

  5. Not being a tire tech, the way I picture it , the steel belt must produce more heat while moved around in the carcass which is good for cars that had trouble with temps. but the tire still has to have a certain spring to it and that's why the softer shoulders. I wonder how much of a factor are aggressive alignments the teams might put on the cars?

  6. I just made this... :) http://axisofoversteer.com/blog/pictures/VettelOops.gifaxisofoversteer.com

  7. look at it from the point of view of the drivers:

    they have seen all supportraces there at silverstone, the same weekend presumably without tire fail. so they concluded it is the tire.

  8. If it was normal for shards of glass to occur on track and you manufactured a race tire that failed explosively when it encountered glass. Yes. I would say you made a shitty product.

  9. I agree with Anderson ... the US commentators were going on and on about how this was Pirelli's fault, but it was clear in the Xeroxed handout from Pirelli shown on the TV coverage that read, 'don't run over the kerbs. +2 PSi on pressure."

    To me, Pirelli was playing it safe by saying up the pressure, but the salient point was: don't run over the kerbs.

    If the gravel was replaced by shards of glass, would people still be bitching about how bad the Pirellis were?


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