Teams set to get new tyres as F1 chiefs step in on blowouts

Frank Dalleres
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FORMULA One’s top drivers have been told they can join in this month’s test for young drivers, as motorsport chiefs seek to solve the tyre blowout problems that marred Sunday’s British Grand Prix.

They will be allowed to participate in the test at Silverstone on 17-19 July, which could yet be extended by a day, on the proviso that they do so only to carry out tyre development work.

Governing body the FIA is also to scrap rules requiring unanimous approval from teams for tyre changes, after three rebel teams blocked a move before last month’s Canadian Grand Prix.

It follows six tyre explosions at the British Grand Prix, where Mercedes driver and home hope Lewis Hamilton was among those affected, which raised fears for driver safety.

The problems are the latest to affect Pirelli tyres, which earlier this season were hit by a series of incidents of delamination – when the tread of the tyre separates from the body.

Teams are expected to be allowed to use Pirelli’s new Kevlar-reinforced tyres or last year’s model at this weekend’s German Grand Prix.