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Jul 5, 2013

Tyres behave in first practice but Alonso struggles

NUERBURGRING, Germany (Reuters) – There was no sign of the tyre blowouts which marred last weekend’s British Grand Prix in first practice in Germany on Friday although Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso had an electrical problem with his car and failed to set a time.

Lewis Hamilton topped the timesheets ahead of Mercedes team mate Nico Rosberg under gloomy skies, which mirrored the mood of Spaniard Alonso after he ground to a halt just off the track in his first practice lap.

Jul 5, 2013

Motor racing-Tyres behave in first practice but Alonso struggles

NUERBURGRING, Germany, July 5 (Reuters) – There was no sign of the tyre blowouts which marred last weekend’s British Grand Prix in first practice in Germany on Friday although Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso had an electrical problem with his car and failed to set a time.

Lewis Hamilton topped the timesheets ahead of Mercedes team mate Nico Rosberg under gloomy skies, which mirrored the mood of Spaniard Alonso after he ground to a halt just off the track in his first practice lap.

Jul 5, 2013

Pirelli surprised by driver threat, no plan to quit

NUERBURGRING, Germany (Reuters) – Under pressure Formula One tyre supplier Pirelli has been surprised by the threat of a German Grand Prix boycott by drivers but expects no problems with its new rubbers and is planning to stay in the sport.

The Grand Prix Drivers’ Association announced on Thursday they will withdraw from this weekend’s German Grand Prix if the five tyre blow-outs which marred Sunday’s British race occur again and endanger their lives.

Jul 5, 2013

Motor racing-Pirelli surprised by driver threat, no plan to quit

NUERBURGRING, Germany, July 5 (Reuters) – Under pressure Formula One tyre supplier Pirelli has been surprised by the threat of a German Grand Prix boycott by drivers but expects no problems with its new rubbers and is planning to stay in the sport.

The Grand Prix Drivers’ Association announced on Thursday they will withdraw from this weekend’s German Grand Prix if the five tyre blow-outs which marred Sunday’s British race occur again and endanger their lives.

Jul 4, 2013

Drivers threaten boycott if tire problems persist

NUERBURGRING, Germany (Reuters) – Formula One drivers announced on Thursday they will withdraw from this weekend’s German Grand Prix if the tire blow-outs which marred Sunday’s British race occur again.

During news conferences, drivers sounded confident that tire provider Pirelli had sorted out the problem by introducing new rubbers for the Nuerburgring race. However, following a meeting of the drivers’ union, the tone hardened.

Jul 4, 2013

Motor racing-Drivers threaten boycott if tyre problems persist

NUERBURGRING, Germany, July 4 (Reuters) – Formula One drivers will withdraw from this weekend’s German Grand Prix if the tyre explosions which marred Sunday’s British race occur again, the Grand Prix Drivers’ Association said on Thursday.

During news conferences before the German race, drivers had sounded confident that tyre providers Pirelli had sorted out the problems. However, following a later meeting of the drivers’ union in the Nuerburgring paddock, the tone hardened.

Jul 4, 2013

German rivalry simmers between Vettel and Rosberg

NUERBURGRING, Germany (Reuters) – Nico Rosberg’s strong recent form and some fighting talk towards his fellow German Sebastian Vettel has increased their rivalry ahead of their home grand prix this weekend.

While Red Bull’s triple champion Vettel has dominated Formula One in the last three years, Mercedes have laboured in their comeback as a works team, hurting their image of German perfection and sending Michael Schumacher back into retirement.

Jul 4, 2013

Motor racing-German rivalry simmers between Vettel and Rosberg

NUERBURGRING, Germany, July 4 (Reuters) – Nico Rosberg’s strong recent form and some fighting talk towards his fellow German Sebastian Vettel has increased their rivalry ahead of their home grand prix this weekend.

While Red Bull’s triple champion Vettel has dominated Formula One in the last three years, Mercedes have laboured in their comeback as a works team, hurting their image of German perfection and sending Michael Schumacher back into retirement.

Jul 4, 2013

Alonso wary of Pirelli Silverstone test

NUERBURGRING, Germany (Reuters) – Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso is reluctant to take part in a test at Silverstone this month because he fears a repeat of the scenes at the British Grand Prix on Sunday when exploding tyres put drivers’ lives at risk.

The Spaniard, second in the standings behind Red Bull’s triple world champion Sebastian Vettel, was almost hit on the head by a strip of tread flying off Sergio Perez’s McLaren in front of him.

Jul 4, 2013

Sauber are in “difficult situation”, say Hulkenberg

NUERBURGRING, Germany (Reuters) – The Sauber Formula One team – one of the smallest in the paddock and without a main title sponsor – are working on a solution to their financial problems, driver Nico Hulkenberg said on Thursday.

Problems at Sauber were highlighted last week when McLaren announced that the Swiss outfit’s chief designer Matt Morris would be leaving to join the more high-profile British team as engineering director.