Pirelli say the softer tire compounds being used for this year’s Hungarian Grand Prix will bring “even more performance” to the cars.
Lap times have fallen at several races this year due in part to Pirelli’s softer tires. Lewis Hamilton set the fastest lap of the current configuration of Silverstone during qualifying for the British Grand Prix.
Pirelli originally allocated the hard and medium tire for the Hungarian Grand Prix. However due to the changes in construction it has since made, F1’s official tire supplier is now providing the soft compound instead of the hard.
“Hungary marks the first event for our latest specification P Zero tires, which consist of the 2012 construction matched to the 2013 compounds,” said motorsport director Paul Hembery.
“These tires were tried out by the teams at Silverstone during the young driver test, who benefitted from the opportunity to adapt the set-up of their cars to best suit the new tires.”
Hembery added the more aggressive choice of compounds should make passing easier at a track where it has been difficult in the past: “Overtaking at this circuit is never an easy task, so the teams will be looking to use strategy to maximize their opportunities to gain track position,” he said.
“The selection of medium and soft tires should provide plenty of chances to help them do that, based on the data that all the teams gain with different fuel loads in free practice.”
Juncos Racing continued to bolster its entries in the Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires by signing Carlos Cunha to pilot a third Juncos Pro Mazda entry for 2018. Cunha, who finished third in the 2017 Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda season on the back of seven podium finishes, joins Rinus VeeKay and Robert Megennis in Juncos’ Pro Mazda lineup for 2018.
Cunha previously tested with the team at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in October and joined Juncos for the Chris Griffis Memorial test at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in November, testing cars for both the Pro Mazda and Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires teams.
“It’s great to become a part of Juncos Racing,” said the 18-year-old Cunha. “I am really excited to start the 2018 season with Juncos Racing. This fall we did some testing together and from there I was able to see how focused everyone on the team is and I even felt like I became a part of their family in no time. I am confident we will get great results together next year and I look forward to learning and growing more with the team. It will be a huge pleasure and also a great responsibility to carry the number one on my car, thanks to (2017 Pro Mazda champion Victor Franzoni) and I hope to deliver it back to the team at the end of the year!”
Team owner Ricardo Juncos added, “We are excited to add Carlos to our Pro Mazda lineup. From the moment we started testing with him in early October, we knew he would be a great fit for our team. Carlos has been very quick in testing and even had an impressive showing in the Indy Lights car at the Chris Griffis test back in October. He had a great run this past season in the Pro Mazda series and we are confident he will carry that momentum into the 2018 season.”