Pirelli has confirmed that it will give all 11 Formula 1 teams two sets of prototype tires for use in practice for the Belgian Grand Prix this weekend.
Last year’s race at the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps saw Sebastian Vettel suffer a tire failure late in the race, while Nico Rosberg also suffered a problem in practice at almost 190 mph.
Over the Austrian Grand Prix weekend in June, further concerns were raised about the strength of the tires supplied by Pirelli after Vettel again suffered a tire failure.
The Italian company tweeted out on Thursday that it would be providing teams with unmarked prototype tires for practice to evaluate and help minimize the effect of external bodies such as debris and curbs.
Fabio Quartararo won the Catalan Grand Prix, recapturing the MotoGP points lead and his championship momentum Sunday with his third victory of the season.
Quartararo, who opened the season with his first two career victories in the premier series, took his first checkered flag in two months by winning at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya aboard his Petronas Yamaha SRT.
The French rider opened an eight-point lead (108-100) over Joan Mir, who finished second Sunday. Alex Rins was third.
After winning the previous race, Maverick Vinales slipped to 18 points behind Quartararo after a ninth-place finish.
Andrea Dovizioso was the points leader entering the race but crashed his Ducati in the second turn and placed last. Dovizioso fell three spots to fourth in the championship rankings, 24 points behind Fabio Quartararo in MotoGP.