Pirelli tipped for new tire deal

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Pirelli have signed a new deal with the FIA to remain as F1’s official tire supplier for the next five years, according to the Daily Telegraph.

The Italian tire manufacturer rejoined F1 in 2011 and its original three-year deal was set to expire this year.

Pirelli has already signed a contract with Bernie Ecclestone and has believed to have made arrangements with several teams. However it was lacking a commitment from the sport’s governing body.

FIA president Jean Todt was rumored to be considering a bid from Michelin to replace Pirelli. Todt, who is now facing a challenge to his presidency from rival David Ward, told media on Saturday that “everyone wants Pirelli”.

Pirelli has endured a turbulent time since returning to F1 as it has borne the burden the sports’ desire to create more unpredictable racing by providing challenging tire compounds.

However the fragile nature of this year’s tires provoked complaints from some teams. At Silverstone several drivers suffered high-speed tire failures, leading Pirelli to redesign this year’s constructions and supply more conservative rubber.

With a major change in the technical rules arriving next year, teams are understood to prefer sticking with a known quantity in terms of tire supplier. Michelin also had problems during their last tenure in F1, with all the users of they tires having to withdraw from the 2005 United States Grand Prix on safety grounds, leaving just six runners on Bridgestone tires to participate.

Red Bull Air Race: Yoshi Muroya joins Sato as Japanese champs at Indy

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Takuma Sato isn’t the only major Japanese athlete to take home top honors at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway this year. Countryman Yoshihide Muroya joined him in that on Sunday after winning Red Bull Air Race at IMS, and the Red Bull Air Race World Championship in the process.

Fittingly, the 101st Indianapolis 500 champion was there on site to join him in the celebration.

Muroya flew with a track-record run in the final and erased the four-point deficit to points leader Martin Sonka. The record run came after a disappointing qualifying effort of 11th in the 14-pilot field in the Master Class.

A day after the win, Muroya joined Sato in heading to Sato’s new Verizon IndyCar Series team, Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing’s, Indianapolis-based shop.

A few social posts from Muroya’s victory and the subsequent celebration are below.

CHECKING OUT EACH OTHER’S RIDES

ASTLES BREAKS THOUGH AS WELL

Muroya wasn’t alone among big winners at the Speedway. In the Challenger Class, Melanie Astles of France became the first woman to win a major race at IMS, and is the first female winner in the Red Bull Air Race World Championship.

Nine women have competed in the Indianapolis 500 (Janet Guthrie, Lyn St. James, Sarah Fisher, Danica Patrick, Milka Duno, Simona de Silvestro, Pippa Mann, Ana Beatriz, Katherine Legge) and Mann is the first woman to have been on the pole position at IMS, having done so for the Freedom 100 in 2010 in Indy Lights.

Photo: Joerg Mitter/Red Bull Content Pool