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Pirelli announces tire changes before German GP

Tuesday - 7/2/2013, 2:48pm  ET

FILE - In this March 24, 2011 file photo, new Pirelli tires sit in the rain ahead of the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne, Australia. The head of Formula One says Pirelli will be allowed to run two three-day tests in a bid to resolve the tire blowouts that affected four drivers in the British Grand Prix on Sunday. (AP Photo/Rob Griffith, File)

MILAN (AP) -- Pirelli says it will change the tires used by Formula One cars after a string of blowouts during the British Grand Prix.

The Italian manufacturer will use a Kevlar belt on its rear tires for the German Grand Prix on Sunday to help prevent punctures.

Starting with the Hungarian Grand Prix this month, Pirelli will revert to the tires it used in 2012 combined with the current compounds from this season.

Tires exploded on four cars during the British GP, including those of Lewis Hamilton and Felipe Massa.

Pirelli said the problem was caused by a number of factors, including the rear tires being mounted the wrong way and low tire pressure.


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