Mercedes packs up after Rosberg’s scary high speed blowout on final day of Pirelli test
19 December, 2013
Nico Rosberg survived a scary 320 km/h blowout on the Bahrain straight during the third and final day of Pirelli tyre testing at Sakhir cicuit.
Rosberg wrote on Twitter, “Just spun at full speed 320 km/h on Bahrain straight cause my tyre blew up without warning. Thanks to that need to get some toilet paper now…”
The tweet was removed shortly afterwards.
The test is shrouded in secrecy as Mercedes, Red Bull, Toro Rosso and Ferrari test the 2014 specification Pirelli F1 tyres with their 2013 cars.
It is understood that the Mercedes W04 was damaged during the incident and with only half day left in the test the team opted not to repair the damage and instead began packing up to return to Brackley.
Pirelli’s media office confirmed to GP247: “This is a private Pirelli tyre test, despite the attendance of more than one team. The test is not open to the media or public, and we won’t issue any media information from the test.” (GP247)
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