Pirelli confirm tire compounds for next three races

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Pirelli have confirmed the tire compounds which will be brought to the British, German and Hungarian Grands Prix, following the confirmation that their new design would not be used after the idea was voted down by the eleven F1 teams.

The compounds used will be as follows:

  • British Grand Prix: Medium (option); Hard (prime)
  • German Grand Prix: Soft (option); Medium (prime)
  • Hungarian Grand Prix: Medium (option); Hard (prime)

The races at Silverstone and the Hungaroring are traditionally very hard on tires, reasoning Pirelli’s decision to take their hardest compounds to the events. Also, it is likely that the decision has been influenced by the pressure placed on the sport’s tire supplier to reduce the number of pit stops, with the more durable tires being used. This was thought to be part of the reason behind the design of the new tires, which will now not be used this season.

The big question entering the second half of the European season is whether Sebastian Vettel and Red Bull can extend their championship leads ahead of the Asian leg of the F1 circus – a period which was particularly fruitful for the defending world champion in 2012. Taming the Pirelli tires will be key if Red Bull are to put themselves in a position to seal both titles ahead of the final round in Brazil, although it is unlikely that the team is contemplating such an easy ride.

SMP Racing unveils BR1 LMP1 car in Bahrain ahead of WEC entry

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SMP Racing has publicly unveiled its new BR1 LMP1 car that will enter the FIA World Endurance Championship from 2018.

SMP Racing opted to pull out of racing full-time in the WEC for 2017 in order to focus on its preparations for an LMP1 entry the following year, with the decision being taken long in advance of Porsche’s exit announcement.

Officials from the Russian-backed SMP Racing, as well as drivers including recent IndyCar racer Mikhail Aleshin (sporting a broken arm in a sling), Vitaly Petrov and Sergey Sirotkin were all on hand to unveil the car on Friday in the Bahrain International Circuit paddock ahead of this weekend’s WEC finale.

The BR Engineering BR1 features a Dallara chassis and an AER engine, and has completed over 2,000 km in private testing, with further running set to be completed in the coming weeks.

SMP Racing plans to field two cars in the WEC’s LMP1 class next year, and is keen to get as many Russian drivers as possible in the seats from its wide pool of talent.

Even with Porsche’s departure from LMP1, the class is set to feature a bigger field thanks to the increased number of privateers moving up, with Toyota set to remain the sole manufacturer in the class.