Alonso: Drivers trust racing will be safe in Germany

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Fernando Alonso says drivers expect the changes being made to the tires for this weekend’s race will ensure “safe conditions” for the race.

Pirelli are bringing revised rear tires for the German Grand Prix following a series of high-speed tire failures at Silverstone.

Although Alonso was not one of the drivers whose tires exploded during the race, he came close to suffering a failure before his first pit stop. He was also close behind Sergio Perez when his McLaren’s left-rear tire failed on the Hangar straight.

“After what we saw in Silverstone, we now go to the Nurburgring, confident we can see an improvement,” said Alonso at a Ferrari media event in Germany.

“I know that various modifications have been applied and let’s hope that means all of us drivers can race in safe conditions.

“At the moment, we can’t make any predictions, because no one has tried them and we don’t know what and how many benefits they can bring, apart from trusting in the fact that it won’t be dangerous to race.”

Alonso’s team mate Felipe Massa was one of the drivers whose tires failed during the race. His left-rear tire failed at the Aintree corner on lap ten.

Pirelli said yesterday the punctures were caused by a combination of aggressive curbs in high-speed corners, the low tire pressures and high camber angles used by teams and the practice of swapping tires between the left and right-hand sides of the car.

Racing world reacts to Danica Patrick’s Daytona, Indy double news

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Here’s a sampling of quotes and social media reaction to Danica Patrick’s news announced earlier Friday that this would be her last full-time season as a driver, and that she’ll race in the Daytona 500 and Indianapolis 500 only in 2018.

This ends a full-time stretch in the top flights of NASCAR and IndyCar. She was in NASCAR from 2012 through 2017, and IndyCar from 2005 through 2011.

Her’s her own post on Twitter and Instagram.

Well…. 2018 Daytona 500 and Indy 500 here I come. 🙌🏼

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IMS President J. Douglas Boles

“We’re glad Danica plans to return to the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil next May,” IMS President J. Douglas Boles said. “Her final career start will make what’s already shaping up to be a terrific Month of May even more interesting for our fans.

“It’s also fitting that Danica is wrapping up her career at the place and in the race where she became a household name and captured the world’s attention in 2005 – the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the Indianapolis 500. We’re looking forward to seeing her back in an Indy car next May alongside all of the tremendous drivers of the Verizon IndyCar Series.”

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