“The heavy demand caused by running over these kerbs, which isn’t possible to measure from the data available before the race, damaged the tyre construction and led to a loss of pressure in the internal sidewall, which consequently caused the structure to collapse after several seconds.”
Asked by Motor Sport whether the tyre manufacturer would have future input over the use of such kerbs at venues, a Pirelli spokesperson said that it could only make recommendations based on its data but any changes would be solely down to the FIA.
Mark Hughes, managing director for the company tasked with building and redeveloping the circuit, told Motor Sport that the aggressive kerbs will serve as a deterrent to drivers.
“We are putting in relatively aggressive double-width kerbs, which have started to appear on circuits.
“If you go beyond those then you’re outside of track limits anyway. I think it’s a combination is 50mm kerb followed by 75mm kerb. The whole point of those kerbs is that it deters drivers from running wide in those corners and keeping them within track limits. They should achieve that.”
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Pirelli has brought the softest C3, C4 and C5 compounds available in its range to Abu Dhabi for this weekend’s race. It’s the opposite end of the range to the tyres used in Qatar, when Pirelli opted to bring the C1, C2 and C3 tyres instead.
“This a unique situation for Qatar so in the analysis we shared with the FIA and the teams we set out our conclusions as stated,” the Pirelli spokesperson told Motor Sport.
“As we said the analysis is not over yet, once we have a full picture we will share our final conclusions with FIA and teams and then we’ll agree together with the FIA what can be done to prevent the situation from recurring on this track in future.”