Pirelli will use Kevlar-belted tires in Germany – report

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Reports in the British press claim Pirelli will make a significant change in the construction of their tires for this weekend’s race in Germany in a bid to prevent a repeat of the failures seen at Silverstone.

The Daily Telegraph reports Pirelli which switch from its steel-belted tires to ones which use Kevlar. The move comes after five drivers suffered dramatic tire explosions during the British Grand Prix.

The change comes despite three teams – Ferrari, Lotus and Force India – having previously blocked Pirelli from introducing the revised tire constructions. The three teams, who argued the changes to the tires would disadvantage them, have backed down following Sunday’s chaotic race.

Pirelli is set to attend a meeting of the FIA’s Sporting Working Committee tomorrow for further discussions over the problems which almost led to the stoppage of the British Grand Prix.

Formula One is hastily changing its testing rules in order to give Pirelli track time to get to the bottom of the problem. Race drivers will be used instead of junior drivers at next week’s Young Drivers’ Test. Pirelli is to have two further tests with 2013 machinery at Paul Ricard and the Circuit de Catalunya and a further test after the end of the season is being considered.

Audi bids farewell to Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich upon retirement

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Audi bid farewell to its iconic head of motorsport, Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich, at its end-of-season ‘Race Night’ event in Germany on Friday upon his retirement.

Ullrich took over the reins as Audi’s head of motorsport in 1993 and stayed in the role for 23 years, overseeing its arrival in the prototype class of sports car racing and domination of the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Ullrich stepped down from the position at the end of 2016, handing the reins over to ex-Audi DTM chief Dieter Gass, and attended his final racing event with the German marque at its first works Formula E outing in Hong Kong earlier this month.

Ullrich was honored at the Race Night event on Friday and thanked for his efforts in developing Audi into a force within global motorsport.

“In 566 factory-backed commitments during this period he celebrated 209 victories, 13 of them in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, eleven in the 12-hour race at Sebring and nine in the ‘Petit Le Mans’ at Road Atlanta,” a piece on Ullrich’s tenure for Audi’s website reads.

“31 driver titles in super touring car racing, in the DTM and in the sports prototype category are credited to him. 57 campaigners were Audi factory drivers during Wolfgang Ullrich’s era and he was responsible for 18 new developments of racing cars – an impressive tally.”