All of the Drivers in the Grand Prix Drivers’ Association (GPDA), which is the majority of the drivers in Formula 1, have announced that if the tyres have failure at the German Grand Prix, like they did at the British Grand Prix in Silverstone, they will immediately boycott the race. The teams are using Pirelli tyres and recently have been dangerous, failing on the teams causing blowouts during races and forcing drivers to retire, costing them valuable points on the Driver Championships and the Constructors Champions leader board.
After six people suffered a blowout at the British Grand Prix, including Lewis Hamilton who expressed his thoughts after the race, the GPDA announced that if there are problems in the practising races, they will skip the German Grand Prix. The safety of the Drivers obviously has to come first and if it is risking the safety of people, then there is no surprise that they will refuse to race as it could be life-threatening. The six drivers who were affected in the British Grand Prix were Lewis Hamilton, Felipe Massa, Fernando Alonso, Jean-Eric Vergne, Esteban Gutierrez and Sergio Perez.
The supplier of all the tyres used in Formula 1, Pirelli, has announced that they are currently making a new tyre which is claimed to be safer than their previous tyre. They revealed that they will likely use a material called Kevlar on the rear tyres as it is apparently supposed to stronger and less prone to cuts, rips and punctures. The GPDA revealed, “We trust that the changes made to the tyres will have the desired results and that similar problems will not occur during the German Grand Prix weekend.”
During the British Grand Prix, there was a moment where Fernando Alonso could have been seriously hurt whilst overtaking Sergio Perez. He described it, “It was a dangerous situation. I committed to overtake Sergio on the left. I was lucky because maybe if I chose the right, everything would hit my helmet. There are pieces of steel coming at 300kph (186mph) so it would be like a bullet or a knife.”
Before last month’s Canadian Grand Prix, Pirelli did want to change the tyres for all teams, but there were a few teams that didn’t agree to the change as they feared it would have affected their competitiveness in the Constructors Championships. Pirelli now have that chance to change their tyres before the German Grand Prix and Alonso believes they will do it well. “Pirelli made some changes. We trust them. We think they solve the problem.”
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