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The Pirelli Problem

During practice for the 1975 Austrian Grand Prix, where he was competing for Penske, Mark Donohue left the circuit, suffering injuries which claimed his life two days later. Almost a decade after the incident, in 1984, a court found tyre supplier Goodyear responsible for the crash awarding £14.4million (the equivalent of £39.25million in today's money) in damages to Donohue's family.Goodyear maintained throughout that there was no manufacturing fault in the tyre and that the failure was the result of metallic debris on the circuit. In court both Penske and Goodyear were found responsible for the crash and each ordered to pay £7.2million in compensation. However, the judge...
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