Hembery: Pirelli needs new F1 deal soon

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Pirelli’s three-year contract with Formula 1 expires at the end of the year, and it’s in the company’s best interest to get a new deal sorted shortly.

Pirelli Motorsport Director Paul Hembery spoke to the media assembled at Barcelona, site of the last series test, to give a synopsis on where Pirelli is at.

“You can imagine we do employ quite a lot of people in our Formula One project and we do need to know as a company at some point what we are meant to be doing,” Hembery said.

“Talks are ongoing, making some progress; don’t have any final solutions yet. But that has to happen sooner rather than later, for sure.”

Pirelli has been both praised and scrutinized for the type of rubber it has brought to races since it re-entered the championship for 2011. After some 2012 races featured a more conservative choice of compounds, there’s been plenty of discussion about how long the newer compounds will last this year.

Some races featured a marked difference between the two compounds while others, such as the first U.S. Grand Prix in Austin, saw the two fairly close together for a one-stop strategy. Cold temperatures and a lack of grip in the new surface made it difficult for the drivers to bring the harder compounds up to temps at that race.

 

Verstappen doesn’t want F1 season to end after recent run of form

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Max Verstappen says he is not ready for the 2017 Formula 1 season to come to an end after enjoying a run of strong form through the closing stages of the campaign.

Verstappen endured a rocky run of form through to the end of the European season that saw him suffer a number of reliability issues and score just a single podium finish, taking third in China back in April.

However, the Dutchman has rallied to score more points than any other driver in the last five races, including victories in Malaysia and Mexico, as well as a podium finish in Japan.

Verstappen heads into next weekend’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix chasing a third win of the year to sign off, but joked he does not want the season to end just as he’s got into a good groove.

“We will, of course, try and end the season with a strong result in Abu Dhabi,” Verstappen said. “Last year was actually quite a good race after skipping a pit stop following a spin at Turn 1, it was hard to manage the tires to the end of the race but we did it and finished fourth.

“I would say that my favorite part of the track is at Turns 2 and 3, the fast left, right. It’s also very cool driving underneath the hotel and racing in the darkness with all the lights.

“The final sector at Yas Marina is actually quite technical so you have to be really precise there, but it should also be our strongest part of the track.

“There are quite a few overtaking opportunities to make the race interesting, before the long straight at the hairpin and then at the end of the straight under braking for the next chicane section.

“Abu Dhabi is the last race on the calendar, but I don’t actually want the season to end. I’m really fired up at the moment and I just want to keep going.

“The nice thing will be to spend some time with friends and family over the winter break and then I will look ahead to January and get back into training before it all starts again.”