Pirelli: Slow puncture caused Vettel's tire failure

MILAN (AP) Formula One tiremaker Pirelli has concluded that Sebastian Vettel's shredded tire last weekend at the end of the British Grand Prix was caused by a slow puncture.

The Ferrari driver appeared to be heading for third place at Silverstone until his front left tire suddenly blew apart two laps from the finish. The four-time F1 champion managed to steer his Ferrari back to the pits for a tire change, and secured seventh place to cling onto his championship lead.

British driver Lewis Hamilton won the race to cut Vettel's overall lead to one point.

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Formula 1 Leaders: Points
RankDriverPointsWins
1 S.Vettel 177 3
2 L.Hamilton 176 4
3 V.Bottas 154 2
4 D.Ricciardo 117 1
5 K.Raikkonen 98 0
6 M.Verstappen 57 0
7 S.Perez 52 0
8 E.Ocon 43 0
9 C.Sainz Jr. 29 0
10 N.Hulkenberg 26 0
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