Fitment caused Schumacher puncture

After a thorough investigation, Bridgestone engineers have discovered the cause of the slow puncture that forced Michael Schumacher to make an unplanned additional pit stop at the Spanish Grand Prix. According to Yoshihiko Ichikawa, Bridgestone...

After a thorough investigation, Bridgestone engineers have discovered the cause of the slow puncture that forced Michael Schumacher to make an unplanned additional pit stop at the Spanish Grand Prix.

According to Yoshihiko Ichikawa, Bridgestone Motorsport's technical manager, the bead of the tire was damaged when it was fitted to the wheel rim. "The tiny cut caused air to leak slowly from around the tim, due to the flexing caused as the tire endured side-to-side and lateral forces during the race."

While the combination of poor tire choice and a disastrous second pit stop had already eliminated Schumacher from contention for victory, the Ferrari driver might have been able to battle for third place, had he not experienced the puncture.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Michael Schumacher
Teams Ferrari