Rosberg reveals tyre failure in Bahrain testing

By on Thursday, December 19, 2013

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Nico Rosberg on Thursday threw the spotlight back onto F1's controversial tyre supplier Pirelli.

Albeit very briefly, the German told his 432,000 followers on Twitter that he suffered a failure at high speed as he tests next year's tyres in Bahrain.

"Just spun at full speed, 320kmh on Bahrain straight, cause my tyre blew up without warning," Rosberg said.

"Thanks to that need to get some toilet paper now," the Mercedes driver added in the tweet that was promptly deleted.

A number of teams are taking part in a three day test with tyre supplier Pirelli, following changes to sporting regulations on safety grounds.

While regular testing is banned until next year under current rules, Pirelli had called for a dispensation so they could collect more data about next year's tyres with representative machinery.

The Italian company is keen to avoid any repeat of this year's spectacular British Grand Prix blowouts that threw the sport into crisis and forced Pirelli to revise their tyre construction.


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