Pirelli has confirmed that it will announce its findings into Sebastian Vettel’s Belgian Grand Prix tyre failure at this weekend’s Italian Grand Prix at Monza.
After running an unconventional one-stop strategy during the race, the Ferrari was on course for a podium finish at Spa-Francorchamps until his right rear tyre blew on the penultimate lap of the race.
The failure sparked Vettel to launch an expletive-filled post-race rant to the media in criticism of Pirelli, who initially responded by suggesting that Ferrari’s risky tyre strategy had placed too much wear on the tyres and caused them to fail.
Many experts have disagreed with Vettel as well, suggesting that his repeated running over the kerbs through Eau Rouge and Raidillon – which the FIA Stewards all but turned a blind eye to over the weekend – could also have contributed to the failure.
The incident followed a right-rear tyre failure for Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg in the second free practice session, which was later attributed to a cut in the tyre from an unknown external source.
The Italian company has since conducted an exhaustive investigation into Vettel’s tyre failure, and confirmed it would announce its findings at Monza.
“The technical investigation into Vettel’s tyre at Spa is now finished,” Pirelli confirmed in a media statement. “The results will be presented at Monza.”
Reports in the Italian media, most notably in the usually authoritative Autosprint, are claiming that Pirelli will instead announce that Vettel’s tyre failure was caused by track debris, and not excessive wear. The newspaper claimed that up to 60 other tyres showed signs of damage following the race.
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