Pirelli bringing experimental hard tire to Silverstone again

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Pirelli will bring their prototype new hard tire for teams to use in practice for this weekend’s British Grand Prix at Silverstone.

Teams did a limited amount of running on the tire in practice in Canada. The revised construction is aimed to prevent a repeat of the tire delaminations seen at some earlier races.

However Pirelli does not yet have the unanimous agreement it requires from teams to use the new tires in a race.

F1’s official tire supplier is bringing its hardest compounds to this weekend’s race and using a new bonding process to guard against delaminations.

“We’ve brought the two hardest compounds to the British Grand Prix,” said Pirelli motorsport director Paul Hembery, “with a new bonding process connecting the tread to the steel belt, which is designed to eliminate the isolated delamination issues to reach a unanimous agreement about this.”

“However, we do still have that possibility on stand-by should it be required in future. During free practice at Silverstone we will have the same prototype hard seen earlier this season.

“The actual construction of the tire won’t change, as the teams weren’t able tire available that we tried out on Friday in Spain, aimed at even greater durability than our current hard. This is in order to give the teams the chance to test this new compound on a different track to collect more data.”

Kyle Kaiser to step up to IndyCar with Juncos Racing

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Kyle Kaiser will make his step up for his initial four-race program into the Verizon IndyCar Series with the team that’s brought him all his success in the Mazda Road to Indy presented by Cooper Tires: Juncos Racing.

The 21-year-old American will race at next year’s Indianapolis 500 and IndyCar Grand Prix along with two other races in the 2018 season, as his reward for winning this year’s Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires championship and the $1 million Mazda Motorsports Advancement Scholarship that comes with it.

At the moment the plan is just for a partial season as both driver and team are new to IndyCar. Kaiser hasn’t yet tested an IndyCar and Ricardo Juncos’ team made its debut in the 2017 Indianapolis 500.

More to follow.