Fernando Alonso has said that, given the choice, he will not be going back to Silverstone this season, despite the FIA opening up the scheduled Young Driver test to race drivers in a bid to help Pirelli cure its tyre woes.
The dramatic scenes of Silverstone less than a week ago has prompted several rapid reactions from both the FIA and Pirelli, not least the decision to turn the planned three-day test using emerging talent into a full-blown development session in which the teams can evaluate the specification changes planned by the tyre supplier for the remainder of the season.
Some alterations have already been made, with Pirelli bringing the Kevlar-banded rear tyres it had hoped to introduce in Montreal to the Nurburgring, after the FIA removed the need for the unanimous support of the teams. The Hungarian Grand Prix, in three weeks' time, will see another change as Pirelli brings a 'new' tyre combining the characteristics of its 2012 rubber with the performance tweaks from 2013.
Alonso, however, is prepared to let others, notably Ferrari
team-mate Felipe Massa
– who suffered one of the six blow-outs at Silverstone last weekend – do the hard yards when it comes to understanding the tyres at the 17-19 July test – unless ordered to attend by the team.
"I don't intend to go," Alonso, who finished on the podium at the British GP, told reporters during Ferrari's regular pre-race media briefing at the Nurburgring, "It's not a very safe thing racing on the same track with the same tyres. I don't have the feeling [that] I want to go.
“But if the team wants me to go..."
Pirelli's Paul Hembery later admitted to being bemused by Alonso's comments, pointing out that it would be the same tyres in action during the July test.
"We've made a change," the Briton confirmed, "I don't understand the comment."