Safety of 2014 tyres “not in question” – Pirelli

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Nico Rosberg, Mercedes, Circuit of the Americas, 2013Pirelli has moved to assuage concerns over its tyres after Nico Rosberg suffered a high-speed failure during testing in Bahrain.

Rosberg posted on Twitter this morning that he had “spun a full speed 320kph on Bahrain sraight [because] my tyre blew up without warning”. The Tweet was deleted shortly afterwards.

Pirelli later put out a statement saying “the safety of the tyres which will be supplied for the next Championship is not in question”.

“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,” it added.

“The accident which happened to Rosberg?s car is being investigated and the findings will be communicated to the FIA and the teams.”

Mercedes were one of four teams testing development compounds for 2014 in Bahrain along with Ferrari, Red Bull and Toro Rosso.

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88 comments on Safety of 2014 tyres “not in question” – Pirelli

  1. This could have been avoided.

    By having a transparent test.

  2. Although it is disappointing to see this crash happen, I think perspective is required when looking at the crash. It didn’t result in human injury and gives Pirelli a chance to learn something. That’s the whole point of a test. I have no problems with what happened as long as Pirelli acted responsibly building their tyre construction, and F1 as a sport continues to make efforts to continue to improve safety.

  3. matt90 (@matt90) said on 19th December 2013, 23:40

    It sounds pretty damn well that the safety of next year’s tyres are in question. I would say that was true even before today, what with their track record this year. The safety of their tyres will remain in question until they have had a very long run without failures. They haven’t had that yet.

  4. Can’t tell last time I saw a bridgestone tyre blow up!

  5. William (@william) said on 20th December 2013, 2:39

    Oh dear oh me. Pirelli you suck big time. I wish you bad luck as 2014 hasn’t begun as it is 4 months away. Yet there are already failures on those Pirelli tyres as Nico got a Pirelli puncture. Talking about Australia I feel sorry for Aussie V8s after the TV deal as they may not feature at Albert Park anymore

  6. pking008 (@pking008) said on 20th December 2013, 2:43

    Pirelli along with DRS are the 2 worst things that has happened to F1 in the last 10 to 15 years. They are simply killing the sport. Sport? what am I talking about? WWE wresting.

  7. pking008 (@pking008) said on 20th December 2013, 3:28

    the only reason Pirelli are in the sport is because they are the only cheap manufacturer that would agree to manufacture tyres on the cheap and with cheap material so that Eclestone and CVC bottonline could be boosted. Eclestone is not ready to pay good tyre manufacturers like Bridgestone or Michelin hence they left the sport. I hope not until something tragic happens or someone get seriously injured before something is done about this tissue paper tyres

    • Proesterchen (@proesterchen) said on 20th December 2013, 4:51


      This has nothing to do with cost savings, and everything to do with Pirelli underestimating what putting their name on purposefully bad ‘strategy tyres’ could do to their image.

      Others were more concerned about that and elected not to compete for the F1 contract.

      • pking008 (@pking008) said on 20th December 2013, 14:12

        You say this assertion is **? Then i suggest you go and do some research into the negotiations back before Pirelli came in. I am afraid you’d find that the financial package of Pirelli was the most lucrative one as far as F1 i.e. CVC and the teams were concerned. The team bosses are just as culpable as Eclestone on this current situation of tyres in F1. They agreed to it. I remember Whitmarsh was making all sorts of statements back then how Pirelli has the best package on the table as FOTA’s chairman

  8. Seems really odd that people are complaining about this being a problem. It was a Pirelli run test. Pushing the tires to the limit should have been part of the things they were testing. In this case, the tyre failed, which did provide useful information, DO NO USE THIS DESIGN. If it didn’t fail and it was used in the season and failed then, it would be bad bad news, like what happened earlier this year.

  9. Todfod (@todfod) said on 20th December 2013, 9:21

    Bored of this safety debate.

    What I find interesting is that Red Bull is sporting 2 teams in the tyre test. Talk about a change in preferential treatment from Ferrari to Red Bull

  10. jpowell (@jpowell) said on 20th December 2013, 9:48

    If the test were to find the most raceworthy component from the supplier with respect to new regulation performance it would be of real interest.But it appears this supplier and it’s cheerleader wish to risk driver safety to test their incompetence.F1 tyre technology has been fine honed over fthe last 50 years to provide the best in performance and safety mostly to keep pace with the same advances in the general safety of the rest of the sports technology. How can this supplier be allowed to test product on live subjects that they don’t fully understand.I wonder what Sir JS thinks.

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