Perez, Massa shocked by 'dangerous' failures

The likes of Lewis Hamilton, Sergio Perez and Felipe Massa were angered by the weak nature of the Pirelli tyres as punctures during the race raised questions of safety in their minds.

One of four to see the left rear tyre blow up!

Ferrari driver Massa, who required life-saving brain surgery in 2009 when a part from another car struck him on the helmet during qualifying for the Hungarian Grand Prix, was only too aware of the evident dangers in Sunday's race that saw four tyre punctures take place.

For instance, Raikkonen was fortunate to escape an accident when a piece of Jean-Eric Vergne's Toro Rosso tyre landed in his cockpit as the Finn was behind the Frenchman in his Lotus at the time of his tyre failure.

Massa said: "We were lucky that in all the accidents the driver was able to carry on without crashing.

"What happened today [Sunday] was very dangerous for us, for me and for all drivers racing. These incidents are not the first and we need to do something for our safety."

Polesetter Hamilton's hopes of victory were also wrecked by a tyre failure on lap eight that saw him drop to last from the lead before rescuing his race with fourth behind race winner and team-mate Nico Rosberg.

Although he was happy with the eventual comeback, the Briton did agree that four tyre punctures were thoroughly unacceptable especially after his team had come under fire for helping Pirelli improve their understanding of the tyres in the sport. 

"What happened is just unacceptable," said Mercedes star Hamilton, who last month played his part in a controversial tyre test that was supposed to help Pirelli solve their problems.

"We had that test to develop and improve the tyres to stop that from happening, and after that tyre test they didn't do anything.

"Safety is the biggest issue. Someone could've crashed. Behind the safety car I was thinking it was only when someone gets hurt that something will be done about it.

"They (Pirelli) can see what happened today. They have to react to it."

Like Hamilton, Perez also slated the events as "unacceptable", with the McLaren driver adding: "We are risking our lives. We shouldn't wait until something happens to all of us.

"If it happens at 250kmh (155mph) it will be a big shame, so Pirelli has some work to do."

Vergne, whose incident in his Toro Rosso was arguably the most severe as it occurred at the end of the Hangar Straight at 180mph, added: "I did not feel in danger, but it's a shame this problem can waste a whole weekend's work for the team.

"I am very upset about it, and something needs to be done about it soon."

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