Formula One’s drivers are demanding guarantees about the safety of the latest Pirelli tyres ahead of this weekend’s Belgian Grand Prix.
The move comes just two races after a boycott of the race in Germany was threatened by the drivers in the wake of the dangerous blowouts that overshadowed the British Grand Prix at the end of June.
Fresh concerns, however, have been raised in the wake of punctures suffered by Sebastian Vettel and Fernando Alonso during practice for tomorrow’s race at the high-speed Spa-Francorchamps circuit.
Whilst a far cry from the incidents at Silverstone that put drivers’ lives at risk, they feel their fears should be quelled as they are not satisfied with Pirelli’s explanation the punctures were track related.
As Red Bull’s Mark Webber remarked: “We need answers and ‘debris’ is not the answer.”
Given what occurred in practice, Alonso said: “I don’t think it’s a similar problem to what we saw in Silverstone, maybe more of a random set of circumstances, but all the same, it needs careful analysis.”
As for Vettel, he said: “We don’t know what happened when I got the puncture in P2. We lost the rear right, very suddenly, so we need to have a look.
“Pirelli is working on finding out why it happened.”