Pirelli confirm tire choices for Belgium, Italy and Singapore

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Pirelli has confirmed the tire compounds that it will be bringing to the Belgian, Italian and Singapore Grands Prix in the next few months.

The Italian manufacturer has endured a difficult season so far, initially battling criticism from the teams for producing a tire that had too short an operating window thus preventing drivers from pushing for more than a few laps. After trying to remedy this problem, the British Grand Prix saw five tire failures cause many to question the safety of the tires. Therefore, a more conservative stance has been takien for the coming few races.

For the Belgian Grand Prix at Spa Francorchamps, the hard and medium tires will be used. “Spa is the circuit that puts the highest vertical load on the front tires all season, mainly due to Eau Rouge corner. Consequently, the two hardest tires from Pirelli’s Formula One range are the most suitable,” a statement from Pirelli reads.

The same compounds will be offered to teams at the Italian GP due to the heavy braking zones at the fastest track on the F1 calendar. “Whereas Spa is characterized by a lot of fast corners, Monza is all about high-speed straights. Here, the tires are subjected to very high longitudinal forces and blistering can be an issue due to the stress put on the tires under braking,” Pirelli explained.

For Singapore though, the medium and supersoft tires will be used, again marking a change from the compounds used last season (soft/supersoft). Being a street circuit, the tires are not subjected to as much wear, and “the tight and twisty corners make the supersoft the ideal tire to generate traction and grip, while the medium tire adds extra durability into the strategy mix,” according to Pirelli.

This weekend will also see the first use of the 2012 tire constructions, introduced on safety grounds.

FIA returns Manor’s F1 entry fee for 2017

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Good news: Manor Grand Prix Racing Limited got a refund of an entry fee it paid to the FIA to run in this year’s F1 season.

Bad news: Manor still hasn’t run this year, and won’t be for the foreseeable future (especially as Manor’s former leadership staff is moving that team into FIA WEC’s new-look LMP1 class in addition to its LMP2 program).

Manor Group’s receivership outfit, Just Racing Services Limited, went into administration earlier this year. As there was no new buyer for the F1 team, Manor dropped from the 2017 grid before the season.

The FIA said it would return its entry fee to help Manor Group pay off outstanding debts.

It basically means nothing in the grand scheme of things since Manor missed out on 10th place in the constructor’s standings in 2016 and fell from the F1 grid as a result, but hey, it’s a goodwill gesture going into Thanksgiving this week.