Pirelli have indicated they may alter their tire compounds after the first four races of the season have been completed.
Formula One’s official tire supplier has been under pressure from Red Bull to alter its compounds.
Pirelli’s motorsport director Paul Hembery told Autosport “wheel to wheel stuff… is something we will have to review after four races. It is still very early days.”
However he added that making changes that were perceived to be for the benefit of a single team would “have the whole paddock in uproar”.
Red Bull have criticized the 2013-specification tires as they feel they are unable to run flat-out on them throughout races.
Mark Webber has been one of the most vociferous critics of the rubber: “You watch Rafa Nadal and Roger Federer play each other and it’s playing with the lines, it’s playing with precision for a five set match and we all enjoy watching that but at the moment we’re driving at eight and a half tenths, eight tenths, conserving our pace,” he said in Malaysia.
Pirelli have produced a softer range of tires for the 2013 season. It will bring the soft and medium compounds for the Chinese Grand Prix at Shanghai, the same selection as last year.
In Bahrain the teams will use the soft and hard tires – the latter replacing the mediums that were used in 2012.
Juncos Racing continued to bolster its entries in the Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires by signing Carlos Cunha to pilot a third Juncos Pro Mazda entry for 2018. Cunha, who finished third in the 2017 Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda season on the back of seven podium finishes, joins Rinus VeeKay and Robert Megennis in Juncos’ Pro Mazda lineup for 2018.
Cunha previously tested with the team at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in October and joined Juncos for the Chris Griffis Memorial test at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in November, testing cars for both the Pro Mazda and Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires teams.
“It’s great to become a part of Juncos Racing,” said the 18-year-old Cunha. “I am really excited to start the 2018 season with Juncos Racing. This fall we did some testing together and from there I was able to see how focused everyone on the team is and I even felt like I became a part of their family in no time. I am confident we will get great results together next year and I look forward to learning and growing more with the team. It will be a huge pleasure and also a great responsibility to carry the number one on my car, thanks to (2017 Pro Mazda champion Victor Franzoni) and I hope to deliver it back to the team at the end of the year!”
Team owner Ricardo Juncos added, “We are excited to add Carlos to our Pro Mazda lineup. From the moment we started testing with him in early October, we knew he would be a great fit for our team. Carlos has been very quick in testing and even had an impressive showing in the Indy Lights car at the Chris Griffis test back in October. He had a great run this past season in the Pro Mazda series and we are confident he will carry that momentum into the 2018 season.”