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German Grand Prix: Drivers ready to boycott German GP

The Grand Prix Drivers' Association says it will boycott the German Grand Prix if there is a repeat of the tyre issues faced at Silverstone
F1's drivers have warned that they will boycott the German Grand Prix this weekend if there is a repeat of the tyre issues that emerged at Silverstone.

The Grand Prix Drivers' Association issued a statement on Thursday evening ahead of the first on-track action of the weekend in which it made clear its feelings about the current tyre situation, which came to a head following multiple failures at Silverstone.

While Pirelli is to bring new Kevlar-belted tyres to the Nurburgring to ensure there is no repeat of the problems faced at Silverstone, the drivers have made clear their feelings by insisting they won't race if further issues emerge.

It raises the serious prospect of a repeat of what happened at Indianapolis back in 2005, when 14 of the 20 drivers – those using Michelin tyres – refused to race after issues emerged with their tyres during Friday practice.

"The drivers of the Grand Prix Drivers' Association wish to express their deepest concerns about the events that took place at Silverstone," a statement issued by the drivers read. "We trust that the changes made to the tyres will have the desired results and that similar problems will not occur during the German GP weekend.

"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.

"However, the drivers have decided that, if similar problems should manifest themselves during the German GP, we shall immediately withdraw from the event, as this avoidable problem with the tyres endangers again the lives of drivers, marshals and fans."

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July 04, 2013 9:54 PM

Presuming that they are talking about during practice or qualifying. If it starts happening during the race, it would be fascinating to see if the drivers are serious enough to all pull into the pits and retire from the race.


July 04, 2013 10:23 PM

They should be. As they say, it's not just about them, it's also about the marshals and spectators. If a single tyre should explode during the GP I sincerely hope they all have the balls to pull into the pits and say enough is enough.

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