Ferrari Formula One driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany steers his car to the safety area after a tyre failure during the Belgian F1 Grand Prix in Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium August 23, 2015. REUTERS/Michael Kooren
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Formula One can count its lucky stars after Sebastian Vettel and Nico Rosberg escaped unscathed from high-speed tire blowouts at the Belgian Grand Prix.Had the incidents involving Germany's top two current drivers happened moments earlier, the sport could have been heading for a very dark place indeed so soon after the death of French racer Jules Bianchi.While some questioned Ferrari's aggressive strategy in trying to get Vettel to the finish on just one stop, others felt the tires should have been able to last.Pirelli issued a subsequent statement to point out that, following a spate of six failures at the 2013 British Grand Prix, their request for a maximum number of laps to be allowed on the same set of tires had been rejected.Vettel was one of several, along with Hamilton and McLaren's Fernando Alonso, to voice concerns regarding the tires in the pre-race drivers' briefing.
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