Ahead of the Spanish Grand Prix the McLaren man says the issue is becoming worrying.
McLaren driver Sergio Perez admits that the number of tyres failing in Formula 1 currently is a real worry ahead of the Spanish Grand Prix this weekend.
Force India’s Paul di Resta suffered tyre delamination – a process caused by deflated tyres and a lack of pressure – in a practice lap in Barcelona, the same problem suffered three other times at the Bahrain GP.
“It’s a big concern for all of us. You see two or three cars every weekend having this problem. There can be a really serious accident,” Perez was quoted on BBC Sport.
The cars use Pirelli tyres and boss Paul Hembury says that his company are looking to do all they can do to rectify the problem, which he says in di Resta’s case was caused by overheating.
In Bahrain Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton suffered one of the problems in practice, whilst Ferrari’s Felipe Massa was the other unlucky man as it happened twice to the Brazilian.
Hembury insisted that these problems were caused by punctures at the time, but later went back on his comment and said that Hamilton’s may not have been.
It has since been said by Pirelli that a further investigation discovered it was not structural damage to the actual tyre and therefore the exact cause could not be determined.
Ahead of the Spanish GP Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel is leading the Drivers’ Championship on 77 points, 10 points ahead of Kimi Raikkonen at Lotus and 27 in front of third-placed Hamilton.