Tyre testing: Jenson Button hopes Pirelli ease safety concerns
Tuesday 02 July 2013
Jenson Button is hoping Pirelli has an ace up its sleeve to ease the fears of every driver heading into this weekend's German Grand Prix.
Pirelli may have finally been given permission by the FIA to conduct tyre tests with this year's car, but with the next race on Sunday it does not solve the immediate safety concerns that exist.
The Nurburgring may not be a high-speed citadel like Silverstone, but the memories of exploding tyres from the British Grand Prix are still all too fresh for the likes of Button.
In particular as McLaren team-mate Sergio Perez was twice at risk as the left-rear tyre on his car failed, once in practice on Saturday, and again late in the race.
"If we keep these tyres, then yes, I have safety concerns, as we all should have," said Button, speaking to Press Association Sport.
"Five tyre explosions, and whether it's from debris or whether it's a tyre failure, I don't pretty much care. The result is the same, the danger is the same.
"It's dangerous for the driver, it's dangerous for the people behind in terms of hitting the car (on which the tyre has failed) or the tread belt hitting the driver.
"Admittedly, the Nurburgring is a very different circuit. With Silverstone there is a massive load on the tyre at high speed.
"But still, you can't have a tyre that fails at certain circuits, and might not fail at other circuits.
"Hopefully, Pirelli has a tyre we can run at the next race because the British Grand Prix was a farce. I don't think it looked good for anyone.
"The need for safety cars for tyre explosions doesn't look good for Pirelli. It's certainly not good for the racing and for the safety."
Pirelli is expected to announce today potential solutions for the German Grand Prix, which Button can only hope do the job otherwise there will be doubts throughout the weekend.
"In a race situation it's worse. When you are racing around thinking 'I've seen a tyre explode in front of me', you don't know when it's going to happen to you," added Button.
"But you push that to the back of your mind. That's the way you are when you are racing - the danger is pushed away because you want to race and you want to do the best you can."
Italy vs England player ratings: Did Andros Townsend's goal see him beat Harry Kane and Wayne Rooney to top marks?
WWE Raw results: Brock Lesnar suspended for post-Wrestlemania 31 rampage after losing title to Seth Rollins
Chelsea's best XI of the season so far: Petr Cech has been better than Thibaut Courtois
WrestleMania 31: The Undertaker begins a new streak after tombstoning Bray Wyatt
Louis van Gaal: Manchester United boss reveals that being a 'slow player' made him a better manager on warts and all documentary
- 1 Tidal launch: The most pretentious lines from Alicia Keys' valedictory speech
- 2 Trevor Noah: Jon Stewart's replacement faces online criticism over 'anti-Semitic' tweets
- 3 Martha Stewart accuses Snoop Dogg of 'smoking for four hours' during Justin Bieber Roast
- 4 Gamers confess the worst things they've done in The Sims
- 5 Syrian child photographed 'surrendering to camera because she thought it was a gun'
Ukip supporters are 55 or older, white and socially conservative, finds British Social Attitudes Report
Street preacher quoting from the Bible fined for calling homosexuality an 'abomination'
Woman filmed launching racist tirade against men on the Tube for speaking in 'own lingo'
The West has it totally wrong on Lee Kuan Yew
David Cameron calls Labour 'hopeless, sneering socialists' while announcing 7-day NHS plans
Revealed: Putin's army of pro-Kremlin bloggers