Red Bull interested in Pirelli tire test

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Red Bull Racing team principal Christian Horner has confirmed that he is interested in holding a tire test with Pirelli using the team’s 2011 car in order to keep within the regulations.

When news of Mercedes’ own tire test following the Spanish Grand Prix broke, Horner was among the first to condemn their actions and push for a penalty from the FIA. The sport’s governing body eventually banned Mercedes from the upcoming Young Drivers’ Test for infringing the rules by using their 2013 car, unlike Ferrari who used their 2011 car and remained within the regulations. Now, Red Bull are keen on having a similar test.

When asked whether he would be interested in such a test, Horner told Press Association: “We will see. It is something we have to discuss with Pirelli.

“Whatever happens it has to be done transparently. We don’t want people sneaking off behind closed doors and wearing nondescript helmets.”

The major sticking point with Mercedes’ test was that they did not alert any of the other teams nor the FIA about their running. Horner has made it clear that if Red Bull were to undertake any running, the other teams and the FIA would be made aware of the test and the 2011 RB7 car would be used in order to keep within the regulations.

MRTI: pre-season testing Day 3 notebook

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Day 3 of pre-season testing at Homestead-Miami Speedway saw the Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires and the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda continue testing for the second day in a row, with each series completing three sessions on what was their final day of running.

Quick reports on both series are below.

Pro Mazda: Cunha Surges to the Front

While Saturday saw Pro Mazda newcomers like Oliver Askew, Parker Thompson, and Rinus VeeKey lead the way, Sunday saw a pair of second-year Pro Mazda drivers take their turns at the top of the speed charts. In the combined results, Juncos Racing’s Carlos Cunha turned the fastest lap of the final session, also good enough to be the outright fastest lap of the weekend, taking advantage of a fresh set of Cooper Tires to do so.

“I’m really happy, Juncos Racing is an amazing team,” Cunha said of the team’s performance. “On track, we are always improving, never going backwards and that’s very good. We have tested a lot but we still need to learn a lot about the car, though we are almost to a perfect setup. The team has given me everything I need to be comfortable inside the car, to know what the car needs, and to know what I need to be a better driver. We have time to improve and we are moving forward quickly.”

Fellow sophomore driver Sting Ray Robb, now with Team Pelfrey, was right behind Cunha in second.

Combined results across both Saturday and Sunday can be found here.

USF2000: Kirkwood, Cape Motorsports Stay On Top of Deep USF2000 Field

New Cape Motorsports driver Kyle Kirkwood, who topped Session 2 on Saturday, stayed on top of the combined speed charts across the weekend on the strength of his best lap from Session 3 of the weekend on Saturday.

Pabst Racing’s Rasmus Lindh was right behind Kirkwood, on the strength of his quick lap from Session 1.

However, Sunday’s running saw a different driver assert his authority, with Kaylen Frederick, Lindh’s teammate at Pabst, turning the fastest lap during the final session.

Frederick ended up fourth in the combined results, which can be viewed here.

The Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires will take to the Homestead-Miami road course on Monday for the final day of testing for the Mazda Road to Indy.

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