Pirelli have been investigating last weekends incidents surrounding the last minute blow outs on 3 of the top 5 cars of the Silverstone Grand Prix.
After concluding the investigation the tyre manufacturer has concluded that this was due to "the biggest forces ever seen on tyres" whilst noting that the F1 cars are around 1 second a lap quicker this year than last. The main issue is that the teams used the tyres on "Extremely Long Stints" while on a very high speed track.
"The key reason is down to a set of individual race circumstances that led to an extremely long use of the second set of tyres," a Pirelli statement read.
"The second safety car period prompted nearly all the teams to anticipate their planned pit stop and so carry out a particularly long final stint: around 40 laps, which is more than three-quarters the total race length on one of the most demanding tracks of the calendar.
"Combined with the notably increased pace of the 2020 Formula 1 cars (pole position was 1.2 seconds faster compared to 2019) this made the final laps of the British Grand Prix especially tough, as a consequence of the biggest forces ever seen on tyres generated by the fastest Formula 1 cars in history.
"The overall result was the most challenging operating conditions for tyres. These led to the front-left tyre (which is well-known for working hardest at Silverstone) being placed under maximum stress after a very high number of laps, with the resulting high wear meaning that it was less protected from the extreme forces in play."
Before the last weekends Grand Prix, the F1 bosses decided to shake things up by having the teams use softer compound tyres for the 70th Anniversary Race weekend. This is still the plan moving forward. What do you think will happen, will the teams try to extend their first stint on the tyres or make the move to a 2 stop race. Let us know your thoughts