Sebastian Vettel said: “I think first of all it’s good that here, not even a week’s time, we’ve been able to get a different tyre for this race, which hopefully, is safer for all of us.”
“Obviously the last race was not what we want, not satisfactory, so I think it’s good that we have a new tyre here,” he added. “How much better and how different it will be is difficult to judge at this stage but I’m confident it’s a step forward.”
Sergio Perez, who suffered two tyre failures during the race weekend, also endorsed the change:
“I think it’s definitely important to change for the safety, not any more for the performance. I think it’s very important that we as a driver feel safe. Something that could really have had a big accident in the last race weekend.”
So I think definitely it’s a good thing that Pirelli is reacting to do a change.”
Nico Rosberg, who came close to experiencing a failure during the British Grand Prix, added: “I trust the FIA is going to make the right calls, as they are.”
“They’re working flat-out together with Pirelli so I’m sure there’s going to be progress and it shouldn’t be a concern this weekend.”
However Adrian Sutil questioned whether it had been tyres which caused the problems seen at Silverstone:
“As long as it’s for safety I think they have to improve it, yes. But it hasn’t been 100% that it was a tyre issue.
“The one says it was a tyre issue that caused the punctures in Silverstone, some people say kerbing or something like that. So it’s hard now to see where the problem is.
“But four punctures in a race was too much so they have to get behind it. I feel safe on these tyres and had no problem with them, I’ve had some two-stop races, I did a two-stop strategy in Silverstone, so for me the concern is not so much.”
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