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Pirelli allowed to run unrestricted tests

Published: Monday 1st of July 2013 | Author: Naidre | Category: Tyres

Pirelli is to be allowed to run two three-day tests in an effort to resolve its current tyre problems following the blow-out chaos that unfolded in the British Grand Prix. Formula One's two most powerful men, Bernie Ecclestone and FIA president Jean Todt, have come up with the solution following a discussion over the course of the weekend at Silverstone.

'Pirelli have complained in the past when these tyres have delaminated - which is certainly nothing to do with what happened on Sunday,' said Ecclestone.

'They've said they'd like to sort it out, but they don't have a chance to do any testing because of these silly restrictions we have but I spoke to Jean Todt over the weekend and he has said 'Let them test'.

'So he has allowed them to run two three-day tests between now and...well, when they want, to try and do something for next year, as well as this year, so that's exactly what's going to happen.'

Sunday's race was overshadowed by a string of high-speed blowouts as drivers put their lives on the line at one of the fastest circuits on the Formula One calendar.

Silverstone was awash with shredded rubber as Lewis Hamilton, Felipe Massa, Jean-Eric Vergne and Sergio Perez all suffered failures to the left-rears, whilst Esteban Gutierrez had a front-left issue.

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