Pirelli considering change in tire design

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Pirelli is reportedly considering a change in its tire design following a difficult set of practice sessions at the Spanish Grand Prix.

Paul di Resta suffered a heavy tire failure during FP2 which was investigated by Pirelli, and although they have put this down to debris on the track, it would appear that further concerns have been raised.

Pirelli’s F1 chief, Paul Hembery, has said that although the the tires are still safe to use, the frequency of failures does not aid the corporate image.

“We would like to find a way of changing that because it doesn’t look very good from an image point of view,” Hembery told Press Association.

“We would have to look at changing some parts of the structure, which is something we can do.”

However, Hembery said that any changes would have an impact on the teams, who would have to deal with the new tire design.

“We would need to balance that with what impact it might have on the teams because they have a lot of data that’s based on this year’s structure which influences aerodynamics.

“Also there is a lack of testing. Some of the solutions we might need would need some more extensive testing, so we are caught in between a bit of a rock and a hard place.

“But we do take these things seriously. We’re looking at it to see if we can change this mode of failure, the visibility of it and turn it into something that is less dramatic from a visual point of view.”

It appears that Pirelli may have finally bowed to pressure from the teams and fans to make a change to its tire design, which will please Red Bull in particular following their vocality over the matter.

BMW confirms IMSA, WEC GTE line-ups for 2018

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BMW has confirmed its driver line-ups for the 2018 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and 2018/19 FIA World Endurance Championship campaigns.

In an announcement made at its end-of-year Sports Trophy event on Friday night, BMW firmed up its roster across its factory WEC team and its customer RLL Racing IMSA squad.

Two of the 2018 BMW M8 GTEs will enter the WEC next year, joining a hotly-contested GTE-Pro class that already features Ferrari, Porsche, Aston Martin and Ford.

BMW factory drivers Antonio Felix da Costa, Nick Catsburg, Augusto Farfus and Martin Tomczyk will share the two cars across the 13-month ‘super season’.

The quartet will be joined by Tom Blomqvist, Alexander Sims and Philipp Eng for the 24 Hours of Le Mans

In IMSA, the RLL Racing team will once again field Sims and John Edwards, who will be joined by the incoming Connor De Phillippi and Jesse Krohn.

BMW also confirmed on Friday night that Tom Blomqvist would see out the Formula E season with its Andretti-affiliated team, having been benched for Kamui Kobayashi in Hong Kong.