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German Grand Prix: Alonso ready to backtrack on testing

Fernando Alonso indicates that he may now be willing to take part in this month's Silverstone test, after finding out that there was more to it that evaluating tyres.
Fernando Alonso appears ready to perform a U-turn on his stated reluctance to take part in the forthcoming Silverstone test.

The Spaniard told journalists before last weekend's German Grand Prix that he did not intend to play a part in the session – extended from the scheduled Young Driver plan to help Pirelli get to grips with tyre specifications for the remainder of the season – but ended the event admitting that he had failed to grasp the full value of the test.

"I don't intend to go," Alonso said last Thursday (4 July), "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.”

However, having been told that his Ferrari team would be able to use the test for more than just tyre work, the double world champion appears to have had a change of heart.

“When we arrived here on Thursday, the Silverstone test did not seem that important, because the race drivers were only meant to be testing the tyres, but, having heard what the FIA had to say, it's been confirmed that we can test updates and this makes it a much more sensible proposition,” he acknowledged, “If I get the call from the team, I'm ready to go.”

The test is due to take place between 17-19 July.



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