Something had to have gone badly wrong for any driver to have had the soft Pirelli tyres fitted to their car during the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix.
The red-walled rubber was so fragile the Mercedes drivers discarded it for their final runs in Q3, preferring to have their tyres still delivering satisfactory grip come final turns of the Silverstone lap. These were not tyres to try and race on, despite the coronavirus cost-saving rules meaning all drivers had eight sets of them going into the weekend.
Until his third stint in last Sunday's race, it's hard to consider Nico Hulkenberg's efforts as anything other than a shining success - even if his slow getaway from his third place starting spot had made things easier for eventual race winner Max Verstappen. But as he headed into the closing stages of his Formula 1 race return in a solid fifth place, the hard tyres on Sergio Perez's RP20 picked up what Racing Point team boss Otmar Szafnauer called a "severe vibration".