Tyre boss unfazed by well-worn questions

Tyre boss unfazed by well-worn questions

His company has faced much criticism over tyre issues in the past few Formula One races, especially during June's British Grand Prix at Silverstone.

But Pirelli motorsport director Paul Hembery was relaxed when facing similar queries from the 350-strong crowd at the Formula 1.101 Innovation Talk at the Nanyang Technological University on Wednesday.

He even rewarded one of the students who asked about the Silverstone incident with a pair of tickets to this weekend's SingTel Singapore Grand Prix at the Marina Bay Street Circuit, courtesy of the local race organisers.

responding to a question about criticism that the British Grand Prix was decided by tyre blowouts and pit-stops instead of drivers' performances, the Briton said: "We're only doing what we are asked (about the number of pit-stops).

"Look at what happened in Monza - it was a onestop race and you should see the number of complaints we've got, like 'Oh my God it is back to boring racing'.

Short memories

"People have very short memories, and having races like Monza show people what it was like for many years. We can go that way or we can have races like Germany and Hungary, which were known historically as really boring races.

"You've got to take the comments with a pinch of salt."

Five drivers, including Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton, suffered tyre blow-outs at Silverstone, after which the drivers threatened to boycott the German Grand Prix the following weekend if the tyre manufacturer did not improve the safety of its products.

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