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.

Lewis Hamilton comes home to Mercedes factory after fourth title

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On Monday, the Formula 1 schedule finally allowed teams to be in Europe before heading to Abu Dhabi for this weekend’s season finale.

And as such, that provided a window for now four-time World Champion Lewis Hamilton to return to the Mercedes AMG Petronas factories in Brackley and Brixworth to be celebrated for taking the driver’s title, as Hamilton an Valtteri Bottas delivered Mercedes its fourth straight constructor’s title.

Hamilton was at Brixworth, the home of Mercedes-AMG High Performance Powertrains (HPP) and its highly successful Mercedes-Benz Power Units first before heading to Brackley, where he was welcomed with a “guard of honor” as the entire team came out to greet him.

The champion was overwhelmed at the response and the welcome.

“This a very emotional day. I was not expecting this, thanks everyone for the warm welcome,” he said. “Today is something that I will never forget, turning up at the front gate of the factory and seeing everyone out on the street to welcome me – I’m blown away.

“This has been an incredible year, it’s been an incredible journey together. There’s a huge amount of respect and appreciation I have for everyone. I’ve been in the sport for a long time now, but to see the work ethic in Brixworth and Brackley really inspires me. Every time I come around, I see everyone operating at 100%, which encourages me to bring my best performance.

“Thank you all for helping me achieve my dreams, it would not have been possible without you. This is the best championship year, because we’ve been fighting another team and because we’ve had the difficulties and challenges we’ve had – that just makes it so much greater.”

A social roundup of images and videos are below, all via Hamilton and the Mercedes team on social media.