Formula 1

German Grand Prix: No tyre problems expected at Nurburgring

Tyres did play a role the last time F1 went to Nurburgring in 2011 (©GettyImages)
Tyres did play a role the last time F1 went to Nurburgring in 2011 (©GettyImages).

Organisers of this weekend's German Grand Prix are not expecting any repeat of the problems seen at the British Grand Prix.

After six tyre failures at Silverstone, most people were concerned how a repeat could be prevented just five days later in Germany.

However, the response from Pirelli and the FIA has been swift, allowing Pirelli to finally introduce a kevlar belt rather than the steel belt used so far this season.

Leading figures in F1 also believe such incidents will not occur at the Nurburgring, one of them is former Ferrari driver Rubens Barrichello.

"The concern at Silverstone is about the high speed corners and the (effect they have on the) tyre temperatures," he told Brazil's Totalrace. "It shouldn't happen at the Nurburgring," added Barrichello.

Ferrari test driver Pedro de la Rosa agrees.

"For sure, tyres will play a major role in Germany," the Spaniard is quoted by Speed Week. "But in general, the tyres are less stressed at the Nurburgring than they are at Silverstone.

"For that reason alone I can't imagine we get a repeat of the events of England."

Race organisers are not expecting any teams to follow through on the threatened boycott of the Germany race after the events of Silverstone.

"It's up to the FIA and Formula 1 itself to solve this problem," the spokesman told Germany's Sport1 when asked about the safety of the tyres at the Nurburgring. "Our preparations for the weekend are uninterrupted and in full swing, and we expect that everyone will be at the start as planned on Sunday."

 

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