Last weekend, a number of blowouts overshadowed the British GP, causing tire supplier Pirelli to introduce a new plan to stop the same thing from happening again.
But the Grand Prix Drivers’ Association said Thursday in a statement that the drivers would pull out if the problem persists.
“We are ready to drive our cars to the limit, as we always do, and as it is expected by our teams, sponsors and fans,” the GPDA said. “However, the drivers have decided if similar problems should manifest themselves during the German GP, we shall immediately withdraw from the event, as this avoidable problem with the tires endangers again the lives of drivers, marshals and fans.”
Pirelli moved quickly to address the problem, and a different type of tires will be used for Sunday’s race, hoping to address the problems and appease angry teams.
The German GP, which alternates between Hockenheim and Nuerburgring, arrives at the latter in the Eifel hills with the storied circuit officially bankrupt. The only reason the race is taking place is because F1 chief Bernie Ecclestone decided to accept a smaller fee for the right to stage it.
Hamilton won the previous F1 race at the Nuerburgring in 2011. The British driver is still winless since switching to Mercedes this season.
Hamilton described the tire incidents in Silverstone as “unacceptable,” but the former world champion welcomed the reaction of Pirelli.
“I am satisfied, but only when we get there (Germany) will we have a better idea how it is for us,” Hamilton said. “Everyone is in the same boat, but I’m glad action has been taken.
“It’s still a concern. We’ll see how the weekend goes but I’m sure they’ve taken the right steps to make it safe.”
From this month’s Hungarian GP on July 28 onward, the Italian manufacturer will revert to the type of tires it used in 2012 combined with the current compounds from this season.
“I’m confident the right decisions will be taken because safety is a very important factor,” said Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg, who won in Silverstone. “(Pirelli) will have everything under control for the Nuerburgring.”
Pirelli said the teams contributed to the tire failures at Silverstone by mounting the tires the wrong way around _ putting the less resilient inner wall on the outer edge _ and having their tire pressures too low, increasing friction.