Rosberg suffers tyre failure in Bahrain

Pirelli’s three-day Bahrain tyre test came to an abrupt end for Mercedes on Thursday after Nico Rosberg suffered a high-speed tyre failure.2013 World © Octane Photographic Ltd.

The Brackley-based squad was one of four teams who travelled to the Bahrain International Circuit for the test. Red Bull Racing ran Sebastien Buemi on all three days, Ferrari brought Pedro de la Rosa and Jules Bianchi to Bahrain and Toro Rosso gave their 2014 driver line-up some winter running.

The FIA made changes to the 2013 Sporting Regulations on safety grounds, in order to let Pirelli conduct the tyre test for their 2014 compounds, as regular testing is banned until next year.

They wanted to gather data on the new compounds with more representative machinery. The rule change enabled all four teams to run the test with their 2013 cars.

“Just spun at full speed 320km/h on Bahrain straight cause my tyre blew up without warning,” Rosberg said in a tweet that was deleted shortly after. “Thanks to that need to get some toilet paper now..”

He escaped unhurt from the high-speed spin. Pirelli is eager to avoid a repeat of this year’s British Grand Prix, which was dominated by tyre failures that forced the Italian manufacturer to make changes to their 2013 compounds.

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