London: Jenson Button is hoping tyre manufacturer Pirelli has an ace up its sleeve to ease the fears of every driver heading into this weekend’s German Grand Prix. (Mid-day)
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.
“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,” Button added.
Pirelli is expected to announce 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,” Button said.
London: Jenson Button is hoping tyre manufacturer Pirelli has an ace up its sleeve to ease the fears of every driver heading into this weekend’s German Grand Prix.