Anyone see this race? 4 blowouts, 5 overall failures and a few drivers coming in to change tyres early due to delamination. Some teams found cuts in the tyres when they replaced during normal pit stops. Three of the blowouts happened during the first 8 laps and then teams told their drivers to back off and avoid the curbs... total farce.
Never been a problem before at Silverstone so really Pirelli have a lot of explaining to do. Tyres should be fit for purpose and this is really bad marketing for them, never mind anything else.
Some F1 races of late have been ruined by tyre management being the prime focus but going from that to serious safety issues is just a stop too far. The tyres take a pounding at Silverstone with 4.5g lateral loading on the cars on a normal lap but safety critical parts should have margins for safety at least 1.5x the design loading. Tyres are, in my opinion, safety critical and it shows that Pirelli are capable of making some very bad design decisions and releasing a tyre for use without adequate testing. If they're willing to do that in a high profile situation like F1, can we trust them to make proper design and testing decisions for the consumer, where the real profit lies? F1 is a marketing game for them so they should be willing to lose money to make things perfect here to convince people their road tyres are the best.