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Following failures at the British GP, Pirelli will make modifications for this weekend's German GP

Updated: Tuesday, 02 Jul 2013 18:38 | Comments

Detail view of Pirelli tyres following the British Formula One Grand Prix at Silverstone
Detail view of Pirelli tyres following the British Formula One Grand Prix at Silverstone

Pirelli has today announced a range of measures designed to ensure drivers' lives are not put at risk in the wake of Sunday's British Grand Prix debacle.

The Silverstone race was overshadowed by several high-speed blowouts, forcing the Italian tyre manufacturer to act swiftly to guarantee the safety of not just the drivers, but also fans and marshals.

For this weekend's German Grand Prix at the Nurburgring, Pirelli is to use a belt made of Kevlar - a high-strength synthetic fibre which is more resistant to punctures - instead of steel on its rear tyres.

Later this month, from the Hungarian Grand Prix onwards, Pirelli is to use a tyre that fuses the structure, construction and belt from last year with the current compounds from this season.

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