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Tire suppliers test quality after high-speed blowout

Pirelli assured Formula One teams that next year's tires would be safe after Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg escaped unhurt from a high-speed blowout during private testing in Bahrain on Thursday.

“Just spun at full speed 320km/h on Bahrain straight cause my tire blew up without warning,” the German said in a tweet that was later deleted.

“Thanks to that need to get some toilet paper now.”

Four of the 11 teams are taking part in a three-day test with tire supplier Pirelli, following changes to sporting regulations on safety grounds, to try out prototypes for the 2014 season.

While regular testing is banned until next year under current rules, Pirelli had called for a dispensation so they could collect more data about the tires with representative machinery.

The Italian company is keen to avoid any repeat of this year's spectacular British Grand Prix blowouts that threw the sport into crisis and forced Pirelli to revise their tire construction.

Pirelli said in a later statement that the tire that failed Rosberg was innovative in terms of structure and compounds, had only been tested previously in the laboratory and would not be used again.

“The safety of the tires which will be supplied for the next championship is not in question,” the Italian supplier added.

Pirelli said Rosberg's accident was being investigated and the governing FIA and all teams would be informed of the findings.

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