Webber joins Alonso in slamming Pirelli tyres
A crew member in Singapore checks on Pirelli tyres, which have been criticised by Ferrari's Fernando Alonso, on September 19, 2013
The Australian Webber picked up a puncture from debris when the right-front tyre on Sergio Perez's McLaren exploded in front of him in Sunday's race, bringing out the safety car.
"That is how it is. The drivers aren't super important -- it is what other people want," an angry Webber was reported as saying by Autosport.com without elaborating on who he thought the other interests were.
"The tyres are wearing a lot and they also explode a bit -- but that is for Pirelli to sort out."
Webber retired from the race over a separate incident shortly after the puncture.
Drivers have complained on several occasions this season, saying the Pirelli tyres are too fragile.
Webber, whose race was over when his Red Bull went up in flames, added: "Pirelli will put the puncture of Perez down to a lock-up but the reason the drivers are locking up is because there's no tread left."
Paul Hembery, Pirelli's underfire motorsport director, defended the Italian manufacturer.
"Regarding Sergio Perez's front-right tyre issue, we have been able to determine very quickly that it was the result of a flat spot caused by a lock-up under heavy braking," he said.
"We're obviously on exactly the same construction as we raced here last year, so there’s no underlying problem, while flat spots or punctures have just always been an integral part of racing."
Autosport reported that Hembery had apologised to Ferrari's Alonso prior to Sunday's race, after the two-time world champion had similarly criticised the Pirelli tyres.
An unamused Hembery had suggested in reply that Alonso ask world champion Sebastian Vettel if he wanted to know how know to better manage his tyres, a key ingredient in Formula One.
Pirelli changed the design of the tyres following a series of dramatic tyre failures at the British Grand Prix in June, after which drivers had threatened to boycott the German Grand Prix if the problem was not solved.
However drivers have continued to voice their displeasure at the tyres for not being durable enough.
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