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.
EDITOR’S NOTE: NBCSN will air additional Dakar Rally highlights on Monday at 7 p.m. ET.
As it has done so for four decades, the 40th annual Dakar Rally – the most grueling test of man and machine anywhere – produced a number of surprise finishes and also several disappointments for drivers or riders who were expected to do well in the nearly 5,600-mile trek that began in Peru and continued through Bolivia and ending in Argentina.
NBCSN has aired highlights from all 14 stages (actually 13, because one stage was completely rained out) during the Rally’s two-week run, which concluded Saturday.
Here’s some of the “best of” highlights from the overall Rally highlights, followed by a quick guide that gives you wrapups to all 14 stages.
So, without further adieu, here’s NBCSN’s “best of” the 2018 Dakar Rally:
2018 Dakar Rally: Best of cars
2018 Dakar Rally: Best of bikes
2018 Dakar Rally: Best of trucks
2018 Dakar Rally: Best of quads
Lastly, here’s a day-by-day wrapup of how the Rally played out.
MORE: Dakar Rally daily stages schedule, NBCSN broadcast schedule, list of all competitors.
MORE: Stage 14 overall Rally wrapup
MORE: Stage 13 wrapup
MORE: Stage 12 wrapup
MORE: Stage 11 wrapup
MORE: Stage 10 wrapup
MORE: Stage 9 cancelled due to weather, impassible course conditions
MORE: Stage 8 wrapup
MORE: Stage 7 wrapup
MORE: Stage 6 wrapup
MORE: Stage 5 wrapup
MORE: Stage 4 wrapup
MORE: Stage 3 wrapup
MORE: Stage 2 wrapup
MORE: Stage 1 wrapup