Vettel slams Pirelli tyre safety

Sebastian Vettel has heavily criticised the safety of Pirelli’s 2013 compounds ahead of this Sunday’s Monaco Grand Prix.World © Octane Photographic Ltd.

The Red Bull Racing driver shared his feelings on the current compounds, quoted by F1Fanatic.co.uk as saying in the Monaco paddock “I don’t want to talk bad about people but they have to do a better job on safety grounds,”

The triple world champion feels that debris, claimed by Pirelli as the cause for a number of high-speed failures has not been the cause of the failures. ““We saw that people suffered the tyre, the surface, the tread delaminating and blowing up, fortunately nothing happened but it’s not because drivers drove over debris it’s because the tyre’s simply not good enough and that can’t be safe.”

He warned of the potential dangers around the tight and twisty compounds of the Circuit de Monaco, “So I think there’s certain thing we need to be careful with because the last thing we want is a big off.

“You can imagine here, end of straight, down to the harbour chicane, you have a tyre coming off, I think it’s something none of us want to see.”

Red Bull Racing and their two drivers have been extremely vocal in voicing their concern and complaints on the subject of the Pirelli tyres. This criticism pressured Pirelli into making the changes that will come into force at the seventh round of the season in Canada.

Monaco will be the final race to run on the current Pirelli tyre structures, but only small tweaks will be made to the compounds due to the FIA limiting it to resolving safety issues.

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