Pirelli predicting interesting second half of season

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Pirelli’s motorsport chief Paul Hembery is predicting an “interesting mix of strategies” during the second half of 2013 following the tire test at Silverstone this week.

Following the series of tire failures at the British Grand Prix, Pirelli has opted to re-introduce its 2012 design in order to ensure the safety of the drivers whilst maintaining the 2013 compounds (i.e. wear rates). As a result of this change, the teams were allowed to use their full-time drivers at Silverstone this week during the ‘young driver test’, and Hembery is pleased with the work completed.

“We think that everybody achieved their objectives from these three days of running at Silverstone. From our point of view, we made the most of this opportunity to gather data that will help us best meet the needs of the Formula One teams in the future,” he said in a statement from Pirelli.

Hembery did hasten to add that the times may not be wholly representative of the new tires nor the pecking order.

“The tires all ran reliably throughout the three days of the test, although of course you cannot compare the times to those seen in the British Grand Prix because the track conditions and other car parameters were different.

“The established performance of the 2012 structure, consolidated with the speed of the current compounds, is set to provide an interesting mix of strategies for the races ahead.”

The new tires will debut at next weekend’s Hungarian Grand Prix.

IndyCar 2017 driver review: All posts, one place

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In case you missed any of MotorSportsTalk’s extensive 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series driver-by-driver reviews on NBCSports.com, we’ve combined them all into one post.

See the full rankings below. Of the 38 drivers that raced at least once this year, 23 of them ran anywhere from six races to the full 17-race schedule, and got a full review. Drivers who competed in four or fewer races were packaged into the “remaining part-timers” post.

1. Josef Newgarden
2. Simon Pagenaud
3. Scott Dixon
4. Helio Castroneves
5. Will Power
6. Graham Rahal
7. Alexander Rossi
8. Takuma Sato
9. Ryan Hunter-Reay
10. Tony Kanaan
11. Max Chilton
12. Marco Andretti
13. James Hinchcliffe
14. Ed Jones
15. JR Hildebrand
16. Carlos Munoz
17. Charlie Kimball
18. Conor Daly
19. Mikhail Aleshin
20. Spencer Pigot / 22. Ed Carpenter
21. Sebastien Bourdais / 25. Esteban Gutierrez
23-24, 26-38. All the rest