Nico Rosberg 'Needs Toilet Paper' After 320km/h Tyre Blowout

Mark PattersonUK Staff WriterDecember 19, 2013

AUSTIN, TX - NOVEMBER 15:  Nico Rosberg of Germany and Mercedes GP prepares to drive during practice for the United States Formula One Grand Prix at Circuit of The Americas on November 15, 2013 in Austin, United States.  (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
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Nico Rosberg has released just about the only information from the ongoing Bahrain tyre test by Pirelli, joking that he needed toilet paper after a scary 320km/h blowout.

The test is being conducted by Pirelli in conjunction with the teams to test 2014 tyres on 2013-specification cars.

It is a private test—no lap times are being released and no journalists are present.

In fact, while all the teams were invited, only four—Red Bull, Ferrari, Mercedes and Toro Rosso—have opted to attend.

However, Rosberg did let slip an interesting detail via social media, swiftly deleting the tweet soon after.

As quoted by the Daily Mail's Jonathan McEvoy, the German said: "Just spun at full speed 320km/h on Bahrain straight [be]cause my tyre blew up without warning. Thanks to that need to get some toilet paper now…"

Lewis Hamilton's tyre failed at Silverstone, 2013
Lewis Hamilton's tyre failed at Silverstone, 2013Lars Baron/Getty Images

Despite the humorous nature of the tweet, there are serious undertones. Tyre blowouts were a major issue during the 2013 F1 season, and this test is being carried out in order to avoid a repeat next year. 

A tyre failure at that speed is disconcerting to say the least—Rosberg can consider himself fortunate that there were so few drivers on track at the time.

Whether Pirelli opt to make a comment on the incident or not remains to be seen, but it will be a talking point during the offseason, especially given the guarded nature of the test.