Red Bull driver Mark Webber likened Pirelli’s tyre failures to ‘Russian Roulette’ following the British Grand Prix.
Five drivers suffered tyre failures at Silverstone, leading to serious doubts about the safety of the tyres.
“I don’t think any of us expected it to unfold like this,” said Webber.
“The start was pretty bad, we have to look into that as we had had a good run of starts recently. Then I had contact with Grosjean and the wing was damaged; the boys did a great job in the stop when they changed it, After that we got into the race.”
“I was praying for a safety car, but not for the reason they were coming, as you knew you could be next. When you have something like that, it’s Russian Roulette; when you see that many tyre issues for the fellow competitors then it’s never comforting. I made the most of those safety cars – and today the strategy was one of the best we’ve done.”
“I think it worked very, very well. I worked hard to manipulate the pace when I had to and then it was Nico [Rosberg] and I left at the end. It would have been nice to have had a few more laps, but that’s how it was today. It was nearly a really special day, but it was still a nice day.