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.

NHRA: Brittany Force cleared to race this weekend in Phoenix after bad wreck 2 weeks ago

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Drag racing is a Force family tradition. So, too, is not keeping a Force family member down.

Just 12 days after the most serious wreck of her six-year drag racing career, Brittany Force and John Force Racing announced late Thursday afternoon that the defending 2017 NHRA Top Fuel champion has been medically cleared and will indeed race in this weekend’s NHRA Arizona Nationals at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park in suburban Phoenix, Arizona.

“I flew into Phoenix early this (Thursday) morning and headed straight out to the race track to meet up with my team,” Force said. “I suited up and got belted back into my car that I ran all last season.

“It honestly felt good to be strapped back in and I was surprised how comfortable I was. I’m looking forward to getting back in my car tomorrow (Friday’s first two rounds of qualifying) and getting back in the swing of things with my guys.”

The 31-year-old Force, one of four daughters of 16-time NHRA Funny Car champ John Force, suffered a concussion and bruising after the hard crash she was involved in on February 11 in the first round of eliminations of the season-opening NHRA Lucas Oil Winternationals in Pomona, California.

Shortly after leaving the starting line in a race vs. Terry Haddock, Force’s dragster crossed from the right to left lanes, impacted the retaining wall with a very hard lateral crash, bounced off, spun, went on its side and briefly caught fire after crossing the finish line wheels-up.

While she is still recovering from the bruising, Force feels strong enough to get back behind the wheel. Getting back in the race car could be the best medicine of all, since she has three runner-up finishes in Phoenix, including back-to-back second-place showings in both the 2016 and 2017 national events.

The three-day event kicks off Friday with qualifying rounds at 4 and 6:30 p.m. ET, the same times as Saturday’s qualifying. Final eliminations begin at 1 p.m. ET Sunday.