Perez: Tire blowouts unacceptable

Perez: Tire blowouts unacceptable

Formula 1

Perez: Tire blowouts unacceptable


Sergio Perez says it was “totally unacceptable” that he suffered a tire failure after a lock-up at last weekend’s Korean Grand Prix.

Amid a fresh debate among drivers about the impact of degrading tires on the racing in Formula 1, Perez thinks the real issue that needs look at relates to safety.

“Tire degradation is part of the game, it is part of the Formula 1 we are having,” explained Perez. “It is something that all the teams and all the drivers must get their head around and try to get the best out of it.

“It is obviously very frustrating if you fight a car for more than one lap or two, you destroy your tire. It means if you are in to a certain strategy you will not complete that strategy, so you have to change things. It just makes it tricky. But what is totally unacceptable is that we see tires exploding. So I think that is totally unacceptable from teams and drivers, definitely.”

Perez’s right-front tire exploded after a lock-up at Turn 1 put a hole in the carcass at the end of his second stint. The Mexican has questioned, however, whether or not tires should be unable to cope with the kind of lock-ups that are commonplace in the sport.

“This is the first time we hear that from a lock-up the tire can explode,” he said. “Then, we hear that this is normal. I think this is not normal at all.

“I think we have seen a lot of lock-ups. It is easy to lock up as well; it is a formula car, so it is quite normal that you can lock up. But what is not normal and we cannot get used to seeing is an explosion of the tire with the tread coming out of the tire. This is absolutely not acceptable from teams, from drivers. It is just not acceptable.”


Perez’s tire failure prompted criticisms from Mark Webber last weekend, and Fernando Alonso thinks there are issues that Pirelli needs to address for next year.

While accepting that it is up to his team to do a better job in terms of managing tire degradation, he think there are improvements that F1’s tire supplier should undertake as well.

“It is the same tire for everyone so it is our problem first of all,” he said referring to the work being done to look after tire life. “But what is not our problem is when someone had a puncture, like we saw in Silverstone, or have five changes during one year in compounds and in constructions.

“After 20 laps if you have one lock-up and you have a tire explosion, there is something not going in the right direction. This is a fact. This happened five days ago.

“Again, everyone sees and it is what we don’t want to see for next year. So we need to improve that quality.”