Fernando Alonso, Mark Webber, Silverstone, 2013

Pirelli must ensure driver safety – Webber

F1 Fanatic Round-upPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Fernando Alonso, Mark Webber, Silverstone, 2013In the round-up: Mark Webber says its vital for Pirelli to ensure the tyres are safe for this weekend’s race.


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F1 drivers threaten German GP boycott (BBC)

Webber: “Actions speak louder than words and Pirelli has to do something from a safety perspective.”

Drivers threaten boycott if tyre problems persist (Reuters)

“During news conferences, drivers sounded confident that tyre provider Pirelli had sorted out the problem by introducing new rubbers for the Nurburgring race. However, following a meeting of the drivers’ union, the tone hardened.”

Formula One drivers threaten to boycott German Grand Prix over tyres (The Guardian)

Jenson Button: “Obviously, last weekend was a massive talking point. I think there were six issues with the tyres. Once, you can go OK, but six, it’s a lot.”

Button questions F1 test changes (Autosport)

“I wouldn’t mind testing if we could test… or if we can tyre test. I would love to do that as well. But I am not interested in running one type of tyre all day long. It is not of interest.”

Pastor Maldonado, Williams, Silverstone, 2013Pastor Maldonado Q&A: Williams can bounce back (F1)

Valtteri [Bottas’s] driving style is very gentle whilst my driving style is very aggressive. This has always worked for me up until now. But the fact is that I don?t want to adapt to his style because the tide will change again. I have always won by staying true to my style so I say that the car needs to change – not me!”

Pie?s the limit for Scottish star Di Resta at German GP (The Sun)

“I?ve been eating a lot of pies this week! Scotch pies, I am sure I will be on the scales more this weekend.”

Who do you think should occupy the seat with us alongside Seb in 2014? (Red Bull via Facebook)

Red Bull have a poll going asking whether Kimi Raikkonen, Daniel Ricciardo or Jean-Eric Vergne should drive for them next year. Presumably the results are not binding…

The politics of Pirelli (The Buxton Blog)

“With re-election to a post [Jean Todt] said he?d only hold for one term now looking more and more likely, is this the emergence of a stronger, more vocal, more hands on FIA President? Is this the return of power politics in F1?”

German Grand Prix betting: Rosberg good value for home win (Unibet)

My German Grand Prix preview for Unibet.

MotorSportsTalk?s predictions: German GP (NBC)

“Most to prove: Felipe Massa. At the beginning of the season he seemed to be back at his best but he?s been a temperamental performer since then. Think of the pillorying a rookie driver would get if they crashed as many times as he has in the last three weekends.”


Comment of the day

@Xjr15jaaag supports the drivers’ stance:

The drivers’ safety should come first, and F1 is actually extremely dangerous before tyres start exploding at high speed.

Yes, there hasn?t been an F1 death for going on 20 years, but complacency is a very dangerous thing.

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On this day in F1

Mike Hawthorn caused a sensation by winning a thrilling French Grand Prix at Reims 60 years ago today, beating Juan Manuel Fangio by a second after two and three-quarter hours of racing.

Hawthorn’s Ferrari and Fangio’s Maserati swapped the lead on lap after lap. Jose Froilan Gonzalez, who passed away last month, was third for Maserati.

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