Mark Webber had a miraculous escape in Singapore when he made it to the finish in third place despite damage to his right front tyre after his clash with Lewis Hamilton.
The tyre made it through the 26 laps after the clash despite being ‘unseated’ from the rim. Webber felt a vibration and actually ended the race with a blister on his hand.
The team’s telemetry did not show a loss of pressure, but there was an unusual indication that the volume of the air in the tyre had changed – easily explained by my picture – and the team could not explain that until the crew saw the tyre up close after the race. The tyre finally lost its air as the car sat in parc ferme.
Meanwhile Hamilton’s own retirement was caused because his left rear wheel was completely shattered.