The controversial reason for F1's huge tyre failures - and what's being changed

The cause of the terrifying tyre failures at F1's recent Azerbaijan Grand Prix have been revealed, but Pirelli's explanation raised more questions than it answered. With new rules being put in place from the French Grand Prix to improve policing of how teams run the tyres within the mandated limits set out by the FIA and Pirelli, Scott Mitchell explains what's been said, what's changing, and what the teams could be doing that needs clamping down on.


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  • "So, yeah these tires are not good enough"

    Bischlarbo69Bischlarbo6920 päeva tagasi
  • Great video. I hate the whole tire drama. I think these cars are to fast and have foe "rubber and asfault" are enough to control and brake these cars. Time to re-think movable fins...(or whatever they will be called). These are "airplanes" ruining in circles around the parking lot, like the CART races at Cleveland airport...

    VJ SWORDVJ SWORD23 päeva tagasi
  • Where the fkin michelin man at?

    Max NordeMax Norde24 päeva tagasi
  • It’s because f1 cars now weight damn near a ton

    Draggy654Draggy65428 päeva tagasi
  • "puncturing Pirellis". See a lot of them in GT racing too.

    Richard CheesmanRichard CheesmanМісяць tagasi
  • F1 drivers: enjoying a great race weekend Pirelli tyres: "it would be a shame if something goes wrong"

    You AlreadyknowYou AlreadyknowМісяць tagasi
  • Of course, if Pirelli make a more robust tire then teams will just work that to the limits (and probably a little bit past) as well.

    TheOneWhoMightBeTheOneWhoMightBeМісяць tagasi
  • honest.

    soiung toiuesoiung toiueМісяць tagasi
  • Excellent video, much appreciated

    Jlws _117Jlws _117Місяць tagasi
  • Pirelli tires are GARBAGE. Why they’re being used in F1 is appalling. Michelin/Hankook/you name it make faster and better tires that everyone else prefers unless Pirelli buys their way in.

    SESEМісяць tagasi
  • The reason was Redbull were running them at "Max" speed. Lol

    davkdavkdavkdavkМісяць tagasi
    • Heaviest, fastest is not a valid excuse. Design for the use. That is what they MUST do.

      soiung toiuesoiung toiueМісяць tagasi
  • "None of the other teams had same wear" Hmm, I'd say that's got something to do with getting pushed nowhere near as hard

    davkdavkdavkdavkМісяць tagasi
  • F1 teams should get to choose there own tyre manufacturers, that would push tyre technology forward

    leck31leck31Місяць tagasi
  • Is all of this testing and measuring really easier than just making a tyre that doesn't blow up?

    NagasshNagasshМісяць tagasi
  • Pirelli: Convoluted explanation that explains nothing. James May: Irrelevant twaddle.

    bcvbb hyuibcvbb hyuiМісяць tagasi
  • Wolff say's it's Bottas fault.

    Peter KingPeter KingМісяць tagasi
  • F1 NEEDS more tyre manufacturers.

    baylessnowbaylessnowМісяць tagasi
  • There is more complication and they know this themselves as well. Already notice differences in pressure of my tire pressures during different day night temperatures. Just remove all teams able to change tire temperature through blankets, let all start the same by disallowing use of those.

    Robert FeenstraRobert FeenstraМісяць tagasi
    • inform the FIA in a timely manner. Organized racing HAS ALWAYS BEEN about out of the box thinking to find the grey areas between the black and white of the rules, to gain an

      bcvbb hyuibcvbb hyuiМісяць tagasi
  • The grandiose creditor analogously command because philosophy univariately permit inside a scrawny paste. caring, light session

    Olav August ResmannOlav August ResmannМісяць tagasi
  • If the tyres are flawed imagine such a tyre demanding track like silverstone

    kolim jonekolim joneМісяць tagasi
  • Rules are getting out of hand. We need simpification or more freedom for smartness. Greetings

    Roland van TolRoland van TolМісяць tagasi
  • What next? Impose a speed limit on the F1 cars so that the tyres will hold out???? FFS, Pirelli get your damn act together!

    Remko JerphanionRemko JerphanionМісяць tagasi
  • Problem with Pirelli tires. Solution...: Michelin On street cars Pirelli are hard, wear fast, poor grip. Michelin last 3 times longer, grip well, flex to contact road. Sport Cup 2

    John SmithJohn SmithМісяць tagasi
    • flex was the culprit.

      kolim jonekolim joneМісяць tagasi
  • I am now convinced that Pirelli Production and Quality engineers are incompotent. Get rid of them quickly. When you have to put in procedures to run a tyre so it doesn't randomly explode in normal use you have a utterly useless product. When you can't admit that the thing you made is utterly useless you need to get you coat and go home. 2:42 So basically Pirelli made a crappy product and blamed their customers for using it? I refer you back to my previous statement.

    Dave WilliamsDave WilliamsМісяць tagasi
  • it's just that Lewis Hamilton can't stand his loss and can't stand redbull finishing first HE's the only one who opens his mouth and messes everything up, he has his world record let him stop, big baby that he is

    killsreaperkillsreaperМісяць tagasi
  • Heaviest, fastest is not a valid excuse. Design for the use. That is what they MUST do.

    yasio boloyasio boloМісяць tagasi
  • How about this for a solution, MAKE THE FUCKING CARS LIGHTER.

    NANAМісяць tagasi
  • Noob question : Why does'nt F1 permit more than one tyre supplier right now?

    dreadnaughtdreadnaughtМісяць tagasi
  • Verstappen showing Senna like influence with his criticism on Pirelli. Hamilton meanwhile shows he's one of the drones

    TheHarrie93TheHarrie93Місяць tagasi
  • Time to open the tires market :)

    Wout BWout BМісяць tagasi
    • Classic Italians, just fucking about at the Moccamaster instead of fixing their product

      yasio boloyasio boloМісяць tagasi
  • Clearly the solution is to retread each tyre during the pit stop.

    Old Man StumpieOld Man StumpieМісяць tagasi
  • wonder what gonna happen with the tires when the track is 40+ degrees

    Martin PedersenMartin PedersenМісяць tagasi
  • I love how everyone bitches about Pirelli making a tire that's designed to fail when their job for F1 is to make tires that fail... who here wants to have no fueling, no tire change, zero stop, zero strategy races? no? then stfu... Edit: missed an "a"

    Greg BushGreg BushМісяць tagasi
  • I feel like the switch to the 18" wheel will make the tires inherently safer as the shorter sidewall is stiffer and better able to handle the cornering loads applied to them. If you have to monitor tires that closely to ensure they're safe, then they're UNSAFE, PERIOD FULL STOP, END OF DISCUSSION.. There's SO MUCH engineering that goes into making these tires as it is. Yet I'm supposed to believe that NO BODY from Pirelli not a single member of the tire development team ever discussed tire pressures with the teams, to get an idea of the actual operating conditions. Seriously, they've know for quite some time just how low teams are getting on tire pressures. So it seems like Pirelli either failed to provide a capable tire, OR they're at the absolute maximum performance limits of this tire design and materials, which Pirelli pretty well should have known and they neglected to inform the FIA in a timely manner. Organized racing HAS ALWAYS BEEN about out of the box thinking to find the grey areas between the black and white of the rules, to gain an advantage over competition, and the more money that's involved the farther teams are willing to go to find that advantage. ALWAYS HAS BEEN ALWAYS WILL BE, as long as humans are involved. It's not not this is new information that Pirelli wouldn't have known, so in my opinion this tire issue is on them.

    Captain MufDyvenCaptain MufDyvenМісяць tagasi
  • Heaviest, fastest is not a valid excuse. Design for the use. That is what they MUST do.

    nieooj gotoynieooj gotoyМісяць tagasi
  • Bring Michelin and/or Bridgestone back please....

    rpols22rpols22Місяць tagasi
  • Can't ever remember hearing this many complaints back in the Michelin, Bridgestone days. From day one Pirelli has been on the backfoot

    rpols22rpols22Місяць tagasi
  • Usually when tires do that, the pressures are too low. Sometimes not. Motorcycle tires would come apart in the 1990's at Daytona. Before the repaving. Too much tread, sidewall flex was the culprit.

    Bob ShyBob ShyМісяць tagasi
    • instead of yet more micro management, here is a novel idea why don't they make a more durable tyre

      nieooj gotoynieooj gotoyМісяць tagasi
  • Of course tyres needs to be closely monitored to be safe. Elsewhere the teams will exploit every possible gap in the regulations to push the limit further and go faster. Even with the most solid tyres in the world, if there is no strict rules, the teams will find a way to push them just next to the limit. That's F1.

    BritaliopeBritaliopeМісяць tagasi
  • A safe tire is possible on any kind of racecar. However the FIA wanted specific parameters for each compound comparatively, plus a big cliff in the end. Pirelli is constrained by physics while the rest of the sport is constrained by the constant rsearch of drama

    Zanzaroni GRZanzaroni GRМісяць tagasi
  • This issue is from Pirelli, not Voodo. their quality systems may have failed here and or their engineering may have not taken into account the lower pressures and find with high statistical confidence that a high number of the population of their tires do not fail. Any quality engineers watching this video?

    Pawx_FPVPawx_FPVМісяць tagasi
  • Pirelli: Our tires are always within 1 or 2 psi of blowing up on the fastest parts of the racetrack. So pulling your blankets off early or running through a puddle may kill you. We have no ability to make a tire that has some safety margin.

    Geno SalvatiGeno SalvatiМісяць tagasi
  • Dude get a pop filter

    AristocrafiedAristocrafiedМісяць tagasi
  • Classic Italians, just fucking about at the Moccamaster instead of fixing their product

    JohnDaubSuperfan369JohnDaubSuperfan369Місяць tagasi
  • Think Pirelli is stressing... they’ve been told to make tires that die sooner a few years ago but also need them to be strong. And now we’re getting tires which were made to last a specific amount of laps at full performance. Cars go hard so they tires blow

    CezarsphotosCezarsphotosМісяць tagasi
  • The answer to the question is quite obvious: The tires need to be re-designed due to the cars being re-designed. It doesn't matter who is at fault. Drivers' hitting debris and edging the curbs do indeed have an effect on the tires' stability, but a more stronger tire is needed to counteract these incidents. NASCAR had an issue years ago with a certain tire that was being used, and upon investigation, concurred that the tire in question did not meet the standards needed for high speed racing, and eliminated them. Is this is what is needed here? Hmmmm.....

    Jeffrey HancockJeffrey HancockМісяць tagasi
  • The first thing I did with my Aston Martin was to remove the new Pirelli tires which I consider inferior in every way.

    Mr EdMr EdМісяць tagasi
  • 500 Likes for anyone who can Identify the tune that starts at 4:20 @TheRace Please include links to the tunes you use in your videos.

    tuvoksg1tuvoksg1Місяць tagasi
  • So its Pirellis fault. Bring back a tyre war Now.

    Barry CooperBarry CooperМісяць tagasi
  • A fancy way to say it's a garbage tyre.

    SimpleBeatsMusicSimpleBeatsMusicМісяць tagasi
  • instead of yet more micro management, here is a novel idea why don't they make a more durable tyre

    LucianstarsmithLucianstarsmithМісяць tagasi
  • I’m sure that in the good old days a tyre was designed to cope with a race and the conditions associated with it. Now it seems that Pirelli are making fragile tyres and telling the teams what to do to avoid an accident. Why is the tail wagging the dog?

    Clive FlintClive FlintМісяць tagasi
  • The new 18" low profile tyres should be much safer in terms of these kind of tyre failures. The side walls will be shorter and therefore offer less movement for the shoulder of the tyre to contend with - the whole tyre will be stiffer as a result. The problems teams will face is keeping the surface temp in its ideal operating window.

    Taming the Jungle An Allotment DiaryTaming the Jungle An Allotment DiaryМісяць tagasi
  • nothing against Pirelli, but they should go back to having teams choose their tyre manufacturer, I really liked the era where having a different manufacturer could make a difference. Else we can have eveybody race the same car with the same chassis, same power unit, same aero package, same tyres, ...

    Stijn LitsStijn LitsМісяць tagasi
  • Tyre pressure increases as tyre temperature goes up. I wonder if the teams have a special valve on their tyres to prevent pressures increasing too much as tyre temp goes up during running?

    Taming the Jungle An Allotment DiaryTaming the Jungle An Allotment DiaryМісяць tagasi
  • So the teams did nothing wrong and the tyre did not fail by running over debris. But it wasn't Pirellis fault either. It like a bit like "stuff happens".

    Kees VogelzangKees VogelzangМісяць tagasi
  • These cars CAN with the Michelin MAN!

    ZedNinetySixZedNinetySixМісяць tagasi
  • investigation clearly shows that it wasn't our fault... The tyres blew up.

    asioe kiouasioe kiouМісяць tagasi
  • Pirelli say there was no evidence of a manufacturing fault, but the direction that tyre development has taken is a joke, and for me the whole fault is that they are manufacturing tyres like this at all. We're forever being told that the FIA do everything they can to ensure the safety of the drivers, but in qualifying - and even in the practice sessions - the drivers are being forced by the nature of the tyres to crawl around the circuit on their warmup laps. The fact that there hasn't been a huge and even fatal collision between a driver on a hot lap and a driver on a warmup lap is pure luck. There are regularly close things, even with the teams watching their pac-man screens and telling their drivers that someone on a hot lap is coming. The whole thing needs a rethink, but sadly the FIA think that using tyres like this makes things more exciting.

    GrahamGrahamМісяць tagasi
  • Motorcycle pressures are checked randomly on the grid in races in some countries and you get disqualified if the pressures are not correct.

    David HowesDavid HowesМісяць tagasi
  • I hope we get different tire manufactures competing again once they start using the new tires.

    WillWillМісяць tagasi
    • force them to run within the temp specs. Fun stuff!

      asioe kiouasioe kiouМісяць tagasi
  • pirelli bullshit - at least two poor tyres... own up to it wankers

    dtals auto studiodtals auto studioМісяць tagasi
  • I think Ericsson hit em...

    rikkierikkierikkierikkieМісяць tagasi
  • Circumferensial break on the inner wall. WELL NO SH*T PIRELLI? Everyone with a gift of sight can see that

    PooWafflePooWaffleМісяць tagasi
  • Is this the firs time for tyre failure in F1? I remember at least 2 more but my memory is not the best. How to forget the Michelin failure in the USA Grand Prix, when only 5 Bridgestone tyre cars ran? How about Lewis winning with 1 tyre deflated in Silverstone? I’m sure there are others cases I don’t remember. So it’s not the first and won’t be the last, when you push the envelope, failures are going to happen. Not all cars had failures, so to quote a popular physics science saying “just shut up and calculate”.

    Nivola 1953Nivola 1953Місяць tagasi
  • Pirelli basically said our tires arent good enough to use during the races extremes, so please Mr. FIA make sure the teams cannot race me so hard.

    Arthur SanFilippoArthur SanFilippoМісяць tagasi
  • Fia: cumon what happened to the tyres. Pirelli: dog ate my homework

    Tec DesignsTec DesignsМісяць tagasi
  • Good point concerning the modern cars weight and downforce, makes me interested in what will happen next year.

    1000100010110001000101Місяць tagasi
  • The teams make decisions. The cars react to those decisions. Don't want to crash? Make good decisions.

    Miles O'BrienMiles O'BrienМісяць tagasi
  • some bird told me that there are hollow rims with valves in it to control the tire pressure during race...but who knows ;)

    Robert PöltRobert PöltМісяць tagasi
  • Good coverage, thanks. My view is that "fault" is unimportant at this point. "Responsibility" still matters, and this is Pirelli's "reponsibility". They're the ones whose job it is to fix or recommend changes to the rules. That's the cost of being the single supplier for a race series.

    dawangaidawangaiМісяць tagasi
  • Aren't these tires _designed_ to fail. I mean we would just run on hard tires if they were meant to last a long time.

    SixOThreeSixOThreeМісяць tagasi
  • Not a surprise. What is Pirelli going to say we made a crapie tyre?

    Glenn ElliottGlenn ElliottМісяць tagasi
  • FIA: What happened to the tires? Pirelli: Well, we've investigated ourselves and found that we did nothing wrong.

    FrankFrankМісяць tagasi
  • Pirelli f*cked up their estimated safety margins hugly. Their predicted tyre life was way off (and normally they are a little conservative!) Part of the F1 sports is to utilize everything possible while still following the rules. So these aren't loopholes. Pirelli always trying to find excuses but we need a brand like Michelin to join the F1...

    DetmerDetmerМісяць tagasi
  • Teams were pushing past the tire temp specs to gain advantage and it cost them. Pirelli is not going to call out the teams but by changing the minimum temp guideline they force them to run within the temp specs. Fun stuff!

    Dan WoodsDan WoodsМісяць tagasi
  • Why can't they just mandate the tire pressure be checked cold?

    Hcg TigerHcg TigerМісяць tagasi
  • If driving 1 or 2 laps slightly below the recommended pressure (tires warm up quickly enough in the race) results in violent rupture after only 60-70% of the factory specs, the safety margins are completely wrong. They even increased the tire pressure. What if they didn't. Carnage. Those tires should have lasted 10-12 laps longer in Pirelli's advice. Pirelli is definitely to blame.

    Richard van der WeerdRichard van der WeerdМісяць tagasi
  • Pirelli tires are awful, I hate them they don't last as long as other brands and they are fragile to say the least.

    PolillaPolillaМісяць tagasi
  • Lol. Bet they wanted to blame the track, but FIA wouldn't let them. So they came up with a bunch of lawyerish squid-ink that gives no answer at all.

    D SnodgrassD SnodgrassМісяць tagasi
  • What about this concept for Pirelli with their over hyped hockey puck tires go and build a racing tire that can handle a wide driving range of variability in F1 with out blowing up or not being able stick to the road properly instead of cheap skating on the build structure to spend the minimum money as possible . Bridgstone never had so many failiures as Pirelli is having and im pretty sure every team played with their tire pressures to complement their cars individual design characteristics back then too. As the saying goes for Pirelli good excuses never come in a bad time . As for Hamilton dude shut up already with the whining every time some other team does or tries something different. Your team doing exactly the same here is a guy that had the best chaperoning in F1 into the best cars thanks to Ron Dennis .

    Akos SandorAkos SandorМісяць tagasi
  • Main issue, there is a soly supplier. Having a competition of more supplier would solve the problem... FIA should think again... Monopolies will never help any evolution

    Ronny HinkelRonny HinkelМісяць tagasi
  • Pirelli tires suck... they always have, and they always will.

    BUGBUGМісяць tagasi
  • Just design the tires to have sufficient durability/reliability at the optimum pressure, and let teams run that pressure. If this requires relaxing the durability sandbagging regulations, so be it.

    concinnusconcinnusМісяць tagasi
  • All I know is Pirelli is shit never had good experience on any car when running pirellis

    Pedro DelgadoPedro DelgadoМісяць tagasi
  • Well thats what you get for not having any competitor, you get lazy

    Faisal MuharmanFaisal MuharmanМісяць tagasi
  • Ah it was running conditions, right. F1 drivers shouldn't have been driving so fast and turning so hard. Just slow down and you won't have to worry about failures.

    awhislyleawhislyleМісяць tagasi
  • So with next year's high-profile 18 inch rims, would a blowout still lead to dramatic loss of control or will the car just rest on the rim and be controllable, albeit less so than with an inflated tyre?

    BestofBothBRITBestofBothBRITМісяць tagasi
  • Nero Wolfe would say: if there was no debris on the circuit nor technical failure, then the tyres did not explode indeed.

    Sal NeroSal NeroМісяць tagasi
  • Everyone complaining Pirelli for tires explosion, but no one consider if redbull or astonmartin used those tires reaching and passing operating pressure limit during race. Pirelli gives a limit to the teams where those tires work without any damage, if you pass this limit you can increase a lot the degradation which can cause a tire explosion. It isn’t illegal since teams controls these parameters but you can put at risk the life of your drivers. Pirelli, in first place thought that tire explosion was caused by debris since rear left tire was the less stressed tire of the car (less downforce ecc), but since camber in this tire was very pronounced it was obvious that this can cause really high temperature, and of course, pressure change.

    Kevin DTKevin DTМісяць tagasi
    • Like when you tune a car engine, manufacturers impose limits, if you pass those limits it can be possible that engine will blow up….

      Azkaban PotterAzkaban PotterМісяць tagasi
    • Can be also for the gasses used to fill the tire, perhaps they had different properties which can cause varation of pressure. I think fia should monitor tires during race

      Bass BeatsBass BeatsМісяць tagasi
  • 2004 Indy vibes

    Tristan Ellis GamingTristan Ellis GamingМісяць tagasi
  • Fake news!?

    Arie BliekArie BliekМісяць tagasi
  • Really miss that time when Bridgestone and Michelin tyre defects, no unnatural puncture....

    Vin FakeshotVin FakeshotМісяць tagasi
  • If the teams followed all the instructions and there was no debris damage, then I'm sorry but it must have been tyres. Pirelli should take the hit and make better tyres!

    Paul HadwickPaul HadwickМісяць tagasi
  • Might the problem also be the new longer lasting tyres? More weight left in the tread means more strain on the fatigued sidewalls when running at high speed hence blowouts when running straight ahead at high speed.

    Hypericus2Hypericus2Місяць tagasi
  • Bendy Wings & Under-inflated Tyres- what next RB?

    GT1956GT1956Місяць tagasi
  • Pirelli is engaging in the dark arts of double speak and talking bollocks!

    John ChristopherJohn ChristopherМісяць tagasi
  • Short version. Tires at manufacturing where made with the cheaper rubber, instead of the good stuff.

    Knotty BoyKnotty BoyМісяць tagasi
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    AAМісяць tagasi
  • Pirelli' Admits it is not debris case closed! The Tyre is the problem

    SuperDave DevSuperDave DevМісяць tagasi