Sebastian Vettel’s retirement with eleven laps to go in today’s British Grand Prix may not have been well received by any fans of Red Bull Racing or the triple-champion driver, but the subsequent safety car did create a wonderful dynamic that made the final few laps of the race all the more tense and exciting.
Vettel’s stoppage gave drivers the chance to stop for fresh tires after the numerous failures to the Pirelli compounds gave many cause for concern. However, not all of the front runners took advantage of this. Nico Rosberg pitted and stayed in the lead thanks to the large gap to P2, but Mark Webber and Fernando Alonso both lost out as they looked to prepare for one final charge. Kimi Raikkonen did not pit, questioning over the radio: “I don’t know if we have made the right choice not to pit,” with his engineer telling him that it was too late to think about that by the time he asked.
Webber and Alonso soon scythed their way through the field, with Hamilton in the Ferrari’s tow, meaning that the final few laps of the British Grand Prix kept viewers at the track and at home on the very edge of their seats.
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Holmatro, a long-time partner of INDYCAR and title sponsor of the Holmatro Safety Team, have renewed a long-standing partnership that will see Holmatro and INDYCAR continue their partnership in a five-year contract extension.
“Holmatro has been a trusted partner and supplier in Indy car racing for more than 20 years,” said president of competition and operations Jay Frye. “Holmatro’s growth parallels some of the great strides made in safety for INDYCAR drivers and teams. We’re pleased to see this partnership continue, as it is a great benefit to everyone in the paddock.”
Holmatro’s relationship with INDYCAR dates back to 1991, when they first supplied tools to the safety team of the CART sanctioned PPG IndyCar World Series. Holmatro branding will continue to be featured on the firesuits, vehicles, and transporters of INDYCAR’s safety team throughout the agreement.
“Holmatro is extremely pleased to extend our partnership with INDYCAR for another five years,” said Tony Barboza, general manager for Holmatro. “We’re extremely proud to be affiliated with the premier on-track safety team in the world. Members of the safety team serve on their home fire departments when not at INDYCAR events and, like them, we believe in constant improvement and innovation. When the race is for life, you can count on the INDYCAR Safety Team and Holmatro rescue tools.”