Pirelli: Safety of tyres which will be supplied for 2014 is not in question
19 December, 2013
Pirelli has broken its silence in the aftermath of Nico Rosberg’s high speed blowout during the final morning of testing at Bahrain International Circuit after the German informed the world about the incident through Twitter.
“Just spun at full speed 320 km/h on Bahrain straight ’cause my tyre blew up without warning,” Rosberg said in a tweet that was later deleted. “Thanks to that need to get some toilet paper now..”
With the news going viral, the Italian company were forced to break a self imposed vow of silence regarding the three day test, and issue a press release entitled; “2014 development going according to plan.”
“The tyre tests in Bahrain regarded a number of prototypes, which were completely innovative in terms of structure and compounds, with the aim of developing the most suitable solutions for … next season.”
The statement added, “This morning Nico Rosberg’s Mercedes was fitted with one of these prototypes, a tyre which had only been tested in the laboratory and which will not be proposed again.”
“Thus, the safety of the tyres which will be supplied for the next Championship is not in question. The accident which happened to Rosberg’s car is being investigated and the findings will be communicated to the FIA and the teams,” concluded Pirelli.
Mercedes along with Red Bull, Toro Rosso and Ferrari is taking part in the Pirelli instigated test with their 2013 spec cars.
While regular testing is banned until next year under current rules, Pirelli had called for a dispensation in order to collect more data about next year’s tyres with representative machinery.
The tyre giant is keen to avoid any repeat of this year’s spectacular British Grand Prix blowouts which threw the sport into crisis and forced Pirelli to revise their tyre construction. (Apex / Reuters)
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