The Mercedes driver shared the news on Twitter but deleted the message shortly after. However, the post confirmed that he suffered a tyre blow-out at 320km/h during the final day of testing at the Bahrain International Circuit.
It cut short his running at the test, which Ferrari, Red Bull Racing and Toro Rosso also completed. F1′s sole tyre supplier said that the tyre tested was a prototype that had only previously been tested in their laboratory and will not be used again. However, they added that the development of next year’s rubber was going to plan.
“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,” read the statement.
“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.
“The accident which happened to Rosberg’s car is being investigated and the findings will be communicated to the FIA and the teams.”
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