2 Jul 2013

Silverstone kerbs not to blame for tyre blowouts

6:10 am on 2 July 2013

The owners of England's Silverstone race track have hit back at suggestions that the circuit's kerbs could have been to blame for explosive Pirelli tyre failures at yesterday's British Formula One Grand Prix.

Derek Warwick, President of the British Racing Drivers Club, dismissed as "absolute rubbish" reports that sharp edges might have cut the tyre sidewalls.

Warwick says the kerbs have been absolutely fine since they were installed in 2009, and they've been checked and approved by the International Automobile Federation.

He's accused Bernie Ecclestone, the FIA and tyre makers Pirelli of bringing the sport into disrepute, and they need to put safe tyres on the cars.

Warwick has played down talk of a possible driver boycott of this weekend's German grand prix.