Pirelli not feeling the heat in Hungary

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Pirelli’s luck so far in 2013 has been ‘patchy’ to say the least, so one would be forgiven for thinking the worst when the introduction of the Italian manufacturer’s new tires coincides with one of the hottest races in the last decade. However, motorsport director Paul Hembery is pleased to report that there have been no issues with the tires during practice for the Hungarian Grand Prix.

“Despite these extreme conditions, both the performance and durability of our new tires are in line with our expectations, with very little sign of any graining or blistering,” Hembery said in a statement. “The feedback from the drivers and teams so far has been very positive.”

This weekend sees the re-introduction of the 2012 tire constructions, intended to prevent a repeat of the multiple failures witnessed at the British Grand Prix last month.

Hembery has also spoken about the difference between the two compounds this weekend as well as predicting the strategies we can expect to see.

“The performance gap between the two compounds today was around 1.5 seconds and we are likely to see between two and three pit stops during the race, with the majority of the field qualifying on the soft tire.”

Earlier this week, Pirelli confirmed that they are still interested in supplying tires to the sport despite the controversy this season.

Formula One: Recapping the past week’s news

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While the FIA Formula 1 World Championship is still two months away from beginning its 2018 season, this past week did bring about news items that filled out the 2018 grid and shed some light on individual team and car launches as the season-opening Australian Grand Prix draws closer.

Below is a recap of F1 news from this past week:

Williams Signs Sirotkin for 2018 Drive, Names Kubica as Reserve Driver

The saga of the second seat at Williams Martini Racing was finally resolved early on in the week, with former Renault Sport F1 Team test driver Sergey Sirotkin officially confirmed as a teammate to the incumbent Lance Stroll in 2018.

The announcement concluded months of speculation that saw multiple drivers test for the team in an auditioning capacity. Most notably, Robert Kubica looked to be a main contender for the seat before Sirotkin emerged as the favorite.

However, Kubica, who has not raced in Formula 1 since a devastating rally accident in 2011 left him with brutal injuries to his right arm, was named as a reserve and development driver for the team.

This announcement also completes the 2018 Formula 1 driver lineup, with all 11 teams having their seats now filled. Among those who were left without F1 drives are Paul Di Resta, who drove for Williams at the Hungarian Grand Prix in relief of Felipe Massa and even tested with them during the Winter months, and Antonio Giovinazzi, who filled in for Pascal Wehrlein at the Australian and Chinese Grands Prix.

Former Red Bull Racing and Scuderia Toro Rosso driver Daniil Kvyat is also without a race seat for 2018, but did sign on with Scuderia Ferrari as a development driver.

Mercedes, McLaren Reveal Dates for Their 2018 Car Launches

While most teams have not yet released dates for when their 2018 cars will be publicly launched, three notables have.

Mercedes AMG Petronas will introduce its 2018 challenger on February 22nd, the same day Ferrari is doing so, while McLaren will unveil its car one day later on the 23rd.

Testing will commence on February 26th at Circuit de Catalunya.

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