Why Red Bull pushed its cambers to the limit

Why Red Bull pushed its cambers to the limit

Red Bull's option Pirelli tyres blistered in qualifying after it pushed the limits on camber, and controversially the team started the race on them. Former F1 technical director Gary Anderson explains how it happened and why camber is crucial to performance

Tyres and how each team handles the inevitable degradation has been one of the key factors of the 2011 season, but the Belgian Grand Prix brought a new challenge: blistering.

This is by no means a new phenomenon, but it’s something we haven’t seen for many seasons and by its visual nature gets everyone’s attention very quickly. From the cockpit it looks like the tyre is coming to pieces – and the last thing a driver wants at 200mph is a tyre failure.

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