Nico Rosberg expects the revised tyres Pirelli will introduce at the Hungarian Grand Prix to shake up the competitive order and affect the battle for the title.
Pirelli plans to change its tyres from the Hungarian Grand Prix to combine 2012-style construction with the compounds used this year.
Rosberg said “it’s very likely that it’s going to have an impact on performances, differences, qualifying, race”.
“So it will be interesting and it’s possible it’s going to mix things up a little bit,” he added.
Rosberg sees that as a chance for Mercedes to gain ground on their rivals: “It’s also an opportunity, yeah, for us in the team to try and understand it better, earlier than other people and try to make the most of it.”
Championship leader Sebastian Vettel was more cautious on the potential effect of the changes: “I think it’s difficult to foresee what’s going to happen, as people said, but I think Pirelli has absolutely no interest in trying to shuffle things around.”
“They tried to, obviously, supply every team with a tyre. Whether you like it or not is completely up to you. But I think as we learned last weekend it has to be safe.”
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