Webber: Teams will get used to the tires

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Mark Webber says tires are dominating F1 at the moment but the teams will get to grips with them as the season goes on.

“They are everything at the moment,” said Webber in an interview with Red Bull television channel Servus TV. “If the tires are not in the working window, if they’re not got the right grip level and the driver’s not confident with them then the lap time is not going to be very strong at all.”

“The consistency’s important with the tires. We see some teams are very consistent with tires: we see Lotus doing two stop strategies, the McLaren doing four stops with Jenson Button who is a very smooth driver on the tires. So it’s still a very big factor.”

“All the teams are still learning how to get the most out of the tires. And I think as the season goes on the teams will get more and more used to dealing with the tires.”

Webber said he found himself under attack in the closing stages of the Bahrain Grand Prix because he had taken too much life out of his tires earlier in the race:

“I would like to have had a stronger finish towards the end,” he said. “In the end, as we see these days the tires are playing a very big role in the overall performance of the result.”

“The first part of the grand prix did not go too bad for me. Basically the stints were just not long enough so at the end of the race you have not too much tire left.”

“I had a really good battle, actually, with Lewis [Hamilton], it was a really good fight. But in the end I lost the position to him and to Sergio [Perez].”

Holmatro, INDYCAR renew partnership in five-year extension

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Holmatro, a long-time partner of INDYCAR and title sponsor of the Holmatro Safety Team, have renewed a long-standing partnership that will see Holmatro and INDYCAR continue their partnership in a five-year contract extension.

“Holmatro has been a trusted partner and supplier in Indy car racing for more than 20 years,” said president of competition and operations Jay Frye. “Holmatro’s growth parallels some of the great strides made in safety for INDYCAR drivers and teams. We’re pleased to see this partnership continue, as it is a great benefit to everyone in the paddock.”

Holmatro’s relationship with INDYCAR dates back to 1991, when they first supplied tools to the safety team of the CART sanctioned PPG IndyCar World Series. Holmatro branding will continue to be featured on the firesuits, vehicles, and transporters of INDYCAR’s safety team throughout the agreement.

“Holmatro is extremely pleased to extend our partnership with INDYCAR for another five years,” said Tony Barboza, general manager for Holmatro. “We’re extremely proud to be affiliated with the premier on-track safety team in the world. Members of the safety team serve on their home fire departments when not at INDYCAR events and, like them, we believe in constant improvement and innovation. When the race is for life, you can count on the INDYCAR Safety Team and Holmatro rescue tools.”

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