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Rosberg predicts changes from new tyres

Nico Rosberg predicts that the new Pirelli tyres will shake-up the order in F1 2013
Nico Rosberg says he feels the changes being made to F1's tyres on the back of the British Grand Prix could have an impact on the race for the 2013 title.

Pirelli is set to introduce new Kevlar-belted tyres in Germany this weekend with a range of new tyres then being taken to Budapest for the Hungarian Grand Prix later this month.

Thus far, Red Bull and Sebastien Vettel have been the team to beat on race day despite Mercedes seeming to have the quickest car over a single lap, but Rosberg said things could change when the new tyres come into play.

“We ran the tyre in Montreal but didn't have much chance to learn anything because of the weather,” he said. “There are some question marks so we need to run them as much as we can in relative circumstances to learn as much as we can. It's likely to shuffle things around a bit.

“We trust the FIA and Pirelli to make the right call, but it is likely to have an impact on the performance in qualifying and the race. It'll be interesting to see if it mixes things up but it is also an opportunity for us as a team to understand the tyres better than our rivals and make the most of it.”

Rosberg also denied that Mercedes would benefit in any way from it's test in Barcelona when the teams hit the track at the Nurburgring on Friday.

“There is no advantage for us,” the German insisted. “We don't know if we ran these tyres in Barcelona. You would have to ask Pirelli.”

While Rosberg said he anticipated some change from the new rubber, countryman Sebastian Vettel expressed his view that there would be little impact on the competitive order.

“It's hard to say, but Pirelli has no interest in shuffling things around,” he said. “They treat everyone equally and whether you like the tyre or not is up to you.

“It's good that they have been able to make a change within a week, which will hopefully be safe for us all. The last race wasn't what we want to see and wasn't satisfactory. How different the tyre will be is hard to judge at the moment, but I'm confident it'll be a step forwards [in safety terms].”



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