Nico Rosberg today took to Twitter to report a tyre explosion at the three-day Pirelli tyre test in Bahrain.
The test, which is being held to establish a grounding for both tyre supplier and teams for the coming season, features six teams, including Mercedes who nominated Rosberg as their driver for all three days.
“Just spun at full speed 320km/h on Bahrain straight cause my tire blew up without warning,” Rosberg tweeted before hastily deleting it.
In their press release this afternoon, Pirelli said, “This morning Nico Rosberg’s Mercedes was fitted with one of these prototypes, a tyre which had only been tested in the laboratory and which will not be proposed again.”
They also moved to quell fears over the safety of the tyres, “Thus, the safety of the tyres which will be supplied for the next Championship is not in question. The accident which happened to Rosberg’s car is being investigated and the findings will be communicated to the FIA and the teams.”
The Pirelli tyres came under much criticism after the Silverstone Grand Prix which saw numerous tyre explosions in the opening laps prompting a red flag. Rosberg’s team-mate, Lewis Hamilton, was the biggest loser – losing his comfortable lead at his home Grand Prix following a spontaneous explosion.