Unconfirmed reports suggest that at least two manufacturers and one tyre company have opted out of the industry pool that use the NÃ¼rburgring as a test facility. If true, this would be the first tangible sign that concerns over the controversial plans by the NÃ¼rburgring’s private managers to increase costs have come to fruition.
In basic terms there is a fee charged to the industry pool each year and manufacturers and associated parties involved share the cost. According to a recent post on twitter it appears Aston Martin, Mercedes-Benz and Pirelli may have pulled out.
In Aston Martin’s case, it’s not all that long since they opened a purpose-built facility close to the Ring, so it would highlight the gravity of the situation if this information proves correct.
UPDATE 12 January: German website volksfruend.de is running a report confirming Pirelli has left the NÃ¼rburgring industry test pool.