Felipe Massa, Williams, Albert Park, 2016

Bodywork caused tyre failures – Massa

2016 Chinese Grand Prix

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Felipe Massa believes his two tyre failures during first practice for the Chinese Grand Prix were caused by contact with his car’s bodywork.

The Williams driver suffered two separate left-rear tyre failures in just four laps of running during the first practice session. On both occasions smoke could be seen coming from the left-rear of the car shortly before the tyres deflated.

“We had two punctures,” Massa told Sky. “Why, I don’t know. We are investigating why we are having this problem.”

“For sure something is touching the tyre or the wheel or whatever. So we need to understand.”

Massa said the team sent him out for a second run because they were unsure what caused the original failure.

“We had no idea why we have this first problem,” he said. “So we checked this car, everything was OK, so we went again.”

“And then we had the same problem again on the out-lap which I was slow so for sure something is touching the tyre which we don’t understand why.”

The session was red-flagged after both of Massa’s punctures and the track was checked carefully for debris following the second. Kevin Magnussen also suffered a left-rear tyre failure around the same time, prompting concerns the track might have been contributing to the problem.

Massa is confident the team can get to the bottom of the failures. “I’m sure we’re going to have enough time now to check and understand any problem,” he added.

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5 comments on “Bodywork caused tyre failures – Massa”

  1. Well, well, curious to see how this pans out in the second session then. A bit of the same for Renault. Are they doing anything fancy at the rear???

  2. RaceProUK (@)
    15th April 2016, 20:04

    I’m surprised there’s no ranting about how Pirelli are so incompetent they can’t produce tyres that can resist being sliced open…

    1. Apex Assassin
      15th April 2016, 22:06

      it’s already well known their f1 are terrible. it’s a proven fact.

      1. RaceProUK (@)
        16th April 2016, 23:38

        It’s a proven fact, is it? Maybe you’d like to provide this mythical proof.

        Oh, wait, you won’t; you’ll just spout uneducated nonsense as usual.

  3. Apex Assassin
    15th April 2016, 22:08

    Curiously, the “bodywork” in question isn’t on the car, but *inside* the rim! And it wasn’t “rim failures” or “rim defects”!

    I’d love to know more about that!

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