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.

Dakar Rally Stage 10 video highlights: Cars, Bikes, Trucks, Quads

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After Monday’s Stage 9 was washed out due to weather and impassable course conditions, the 40th Dakar Rally resumed with Stage 10 on Tuesday.

Several top competitors struggled during the course of the stage, with some even being eliminated due to crashes or injuries.

Here’s some of the best video action of the stage, as seen on NBCSN:

BIKES: Matthias Walkner wins Stage 10 of after a major shakeup.

CARS: Carlos Sainz plays it safe in Stage 10

Stephane Peterhansel took the overall stage win while Cars leader Carlos Sainz played it safe and came in third.

TRUCKS: The Netherlands’ Ton van Genugten wins the stage, but Russia’s Eduard Nikolaev, who finished fourth Tuesday, continues to hold the overall lead.

 

QUADS: Nicolas Cavigliasso bests Gonzalez Ferioli in Stage 10, but Ignacio Casale continues to make a push for his second Dakar crown.

Stage 11 is Wednesday and runs from Belen, Argentina to Fiambala, Argentina.