Structural failure not behind Vettel’s puncture, says Pirelli

16th November 2011

Italian tyre giant Pirelli has claimed that structural failure of one of their tyres did not cause Sebastian Vettel's puncture in the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

On Sunday (13th November), the reigning World Champion was leading the race going into the second corner when his right rear tyre suddenly deflated, forcing him to retire from his first race of the season.

Following a detailed investigation with Vettel's team, Red Bull Racing, Pirelli ruled out structural failure as the cause of the incident and claimed debris on the track may have been behind the puncture.

Pirelli motorsport director Paul Hembery said: "We cannot rule out debris on the track causing damage to the tyre, which then provoked a deflation, but having looked at the track closely there is no direct evidence of this."

The affected tyre was part of a set of softs the German star had used during the qualifying session on the previous day.

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