Home - The Official Formula 1 Website Skip to content

Pirelli give 2014 safety assurance after Rosberg failure 19 Dec 2013

Pirelli tyres.
Formula One World Championship, Rd19, Brazilian Grand Prix, Preparations, Sao Paulo, Brazil, Wednesday, 20 November 2013 Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W04.
Formula One World Championship, Rd4, Bahrain Grand Prix, Qualifying, Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain, Saturday, 20 April 2013

Formula One tyre suppliers Pirelli say the safety of next year’s tyres is not in doubt after Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg suffered a high-speed failure while testing in Bahrain on Thursday. Rosberg’s car was fitted with a prototype tyre which will not be used again.

Four teams - Mercedes, Red Bull, Ferrari, and Toro Rosso - have carried out three days of testing for Pirelli this week in a session specially sanctioned by the FIA to help the Italian company develop specifications for 2014, when heavily revised regulations will place very different demands on tyres.

“The tyre tests in Bahrain regarded a number of prototypes, which were completely innovative in terms of structure and compounds, with the aim of developing the most suitable solutions for the next season,” explained Pirelli.

“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. Thus, the safety of the tyres which will be supplied for the next championship is not in question.”

Rosberg was unharmed in the incident, which saw him spin on Sakhir’s main straight. Though he did not hit anything, damage to his car forced Mercedes to end their running early. Pirelli are investigating the cause and the findings will be communicated to the FIA and the teams.

For tickets and travel to 2014 FORMULA 1 races, click here.
For FORMULA 1 merchandise, click here.