Pirelli keen to stay in F1 despite troubles

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Pirelli is keen to extend its contract as Formula One’s official tire supplier despite its troubled season.

Their products came in for criticism from some teams early in the year who claimed they were too aggressive. Then a spate of failures during the British Grand Prix led Pirelli to hastily change their constructions in time for the next race.

Nonetheless motorsport director Paul Hembery is keen for Pirelli to remain in F1:

“We’ve said we want to stay in, we want to make sure that we rectify some of the issues of this year of which one was our own making, many others weren’t, that’s for sure,” he told ESPN.

“When things are tough that’s the time that you keep going. We’re not quitters and we will make sure that we keep working hard and doing the best that we can for the sport.”

Hembery is optimistic of agreeing an extension on its F1 contract for next year: “We do have long-term arrangements with FOM and the majority of the teams so it’s getting there.”

“So I believe we will be, unless the sport doesn’t want us and it changes its mind, I have no idea! But we are trying to do the best we can for the sport within the restraints we’ve got.”

Hinch boldly “goes” where many drivers have gone before

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One of the most common questions racing drivers face is “What happens if you have to use the bathroom when you’re driving?”

And the most common answer is “You just go.” While admittedly a little disgusting, it is nonetheless a problem that occasionally surfaces, and an innumerable amount of drivers have done so in their careers.

However, Schmidt Peterson Motorsports’ James Hinchcliffe apparently had never found himself in such a predicament in his career. That is, until Sunday in the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama.

While under the first red flag for rain, Hinchcliffe started to receive “nature’s call.” Unable to get out of the car to use a restroom – drivers had not been permitted to get out of their cars – Hinchcliffe was forced to wait and hold it.

But when the cars briefly took to the track again prior to a second red flag, it became too much to handle, and Hinch was forced to “relieve himself” while circulating under caution.

“I always maintained that I knew at some point in my career it would happen,” he quipped to NBCSN’s Kevin Lee.”

He added, “I was sitting there under that first red (flag), just begging to get three minutes. That’s all you need, (steering wheel off to wheel on). And when we got going again, my legs were shaking, I had to go so bad. I’m like ‘I can’t drive a race car like this.’ So under caution, it took me a full lap, it was one of the least comfortable experiences of my entire life, but I can officially say I’ve joined the likes of Will Power, Dario Franchitti, and other greats that have peed themselves in their suit.”

Social media reaction added to the moment’s hilarity, with SPM and teammate Robert Wickens weighing in.

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing’s Graham Rahal also chimed in, coming to Hinchcliffe’s defense.

Hinchcliffe, fully refreshed, will restart the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama in fifth when racing resumes on Monday.

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