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Hamilton 'satisfied' by Pirelli changes

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Lewis Hamilton: "I'm glad action has been taken" © Getty Images
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Lewis Hamilton says he is "satisfied" with the changes Pirelli has made ahead of the German Grand Prix after being outspoken about safety at Silverstone.

Hamilton was leading the British Grand Prix when he suffered a left rear puncture at high speed on the Wellington Straight, and after the race he said "What happened is just unacceptable. Safety is the biggest issue. Someone could've crashed. Behind the safety car I was thinking it was only when someone gets hurt that something will be done about it."

Following those comments, Hamilton was asked during a Mercedes phone-in for his thoughts on the steps taken by Pirelli to ensure there is no repeat this weekend at the Nurburgring and he said he was pleased to see a response.

"I am satisfied, but only when we get there (Germany) will we have a better idea how it is for us," Hamilton said. "Everyone is in the same boat, but I'm glad action has been taken. It's still a concern. We'll see how the weekend goes but I'm sure they've taken the right steps to make it safe."

Team-mate Nico Rosberg also backed the changes and says he doesn't think they will hurt Mercedes' chances.

"I'm confident the right decisions will be taken because safety is a very important factor," Rosberg said. "I think they (Pirelli) will have everything under control for the Nurburgring, which will be good.

"We don't have experience on these tyres. We ran them in Montreal, if I'm not mistaken (during practice), so it's going to be a bit of a learning process. But with the car we have it doesn't matter which tyres we use because we have a very quick car in general so I am confident we can stay where we are, more or less. I'm very excited to drive again because our car is so good at the moment."