Formula One drivers threatened to withdraw from the German Grand Prix in Neurburgring, Germany, if there are more tire blowouts during Sunday’s race.
Last weekend, the number of blowouts overshadowed the British GP in Silverstone, England, causing tire supplier Pirelli to introduce a new plan to stop the same thing from happening again.
But the Grand Prix Drivers’ Association said Thursday in a statement that the drivers would pull out if the problem persists.
“We are ready to drive our cars to the limit, as we always do, and as it is expected by our teams, sponsors and fans,” the GPDA said in a statement. “However, the drivers have decided if similar problems should manifest themselves during the German GP, we shall immediately withdraw from the event, as this avoidable problem with the tires endangers again the lives of drivers, marshals and fans.”
Pirelli, hoping to address the problems and appease angry teams, moved quickly to assure a different type of tires will be used for Sunday’s race.
Pirelli will use a Kevlar belt — a fiber that is more resistant to punctures — instead of steel on its rear tires.
From this month’s Hungarian GP on July 28 onward, the Italian manufacturer will revert to the type of tires it used in 2012 combined with the current compounds from 2013.
31 CARS FAIL AT DAYTONA
Thirty-one cars, including 16 in the Sprint Cup Series, failed inspection before practices at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway.
NASCAR confiscated the teams’ roof flaps, which are designed to keep cars on the ground during spins and wrecks at high speeds, for further inspection. Penalties could be possible.
Among the cars involved were the ones from Vancouver, Wash.’s Greg Biffle and defending series champion Brad Keselowski. The roof-flap spacers had been illegally machined down to reduce weight.
NASCAR made the teams install unaltered roof flaps.