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Pirelli insists its tires are “completely safe”

Jul 3, 2013, 10:31 AM EDT

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Pirelli have defended their racing tires following the series of high-speed failures seen during the British Grand Prix last weekend.

However F1’s official tire supplier will bring revised tires for this weekend’s race in Germany.

“For this race only, we will bring Kevlar-belted rear tires, following the incidents at the British Grand Prix,” said motor sport director Paul Hembery.

Pirelli will use a version of their tires which incorporate Kevlar belts, replacing the steel ones used previously.

“Even though the 2013 high-performance steel-belted version is completely safe when used correctly, the Kevlar-belted version is easier to manage,” said Hembery, “and as long as there is no system in place which allows us to enforce tire related specifications, like tire pressures or camber, the incorrect use of which were contributing factors of the tire failures in Silverstone, we prefer to bring a less sophisticated tire.”

Pirelli requires a short-term solution due to the British and German races running on consecutive weekends. A long-term fix has been proposed for the following race in Hungary at the end of July.

“From the Hungarian Grand Prix onwards there will be a completely new range of tires, combining the characteristics of our 2012 tires with the increased performance of the 2013 specification,” said Hembery.

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