Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg accidentally revealed on the social media website, Twitter that he was taking part in a Pirelli test and he spun out when he hit a speed of 200 miles per hour. Pirelli don’t normally have a test in the season, but they have requested one this year as the rules and regulations are taking major changes in the upcoming seasons, which could have effect on the tyres. Mercedes aren’t the only team that have agreed to take part in this Pirelli test as Red Bull, Ferrari and Toro Rosso are all taking part.
This year, 2013, has been a very disappointing year for Pirelli, who have suffered plenty of problems. The most famous problem that occurred was the major tyre failures in the British Grand Prix. There wasn’t just one tyre failure at Silverstone in the season, there were a total of 6 drivers who suffered problems with the tyres, including Britain’s own Lewis Hamilton. Since Pirelli took over in 2011, there have been non-stop complaints from the tyre company saying that Formula 1 have not allowed them to carry out enough Pirelli tests.
With Pirelli’s constant complaining, the governing body of Formula 1, the FIA has allowed them to have 4 Pirelli tests during 2014 so they can test that the tyres are safe. This comes as a relief in the sport as safety must come first, and following the British Grand Prix in 2013, the drivers where threatening to boycott a Grand Prix because they were not feeling safe, which effects the sports look in an extremely negative light. The damage to Rosberg’s car during the Pirelli test forced Mercedes to finish their tests early; Pirelli will investigate what the problem is before they tell the FIA and teams what the issue was.
The tyre company commented on their recent Pirelli test, “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 the next season. 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.”
Author Daniel Foster.
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