F1 doesn’t need drama of tyre failures, says Symonds

The British GP was turned on its head in the closing laps when Lewis Hamilton, Valtteri Bottas and Carlos Sainz all suffered failures, although Hamilton managed to reach the chequered flag and win the race.

The problems prompted the FIA to further reduce downforce levels for 2021 in order to help Pirelli deal with ever increasing loads, having already mandated an initial 5% cut with a change to the floor rules earlier in the year.

Three more aero changes have now been agreed, and together with the earlier modification they add up to a 10% reduction.

The FIA is able to push the changes through the latest changes, several months after the usual deadline, on the basis of safety.

“I think that our primary concern is to have good racing, and good racing requires that we have safety,” said Symonds. “And so the moves that have been made, which we’ve been fully involved with all the way, I think, are very pragmatic.

“The events of Silverstone may have been very dramatic, but they’re not really what we want to make dramatic races here. A lot of other things that can provide dramatic racing without that sort of level of drama.”

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