Korea tires to create large gap in performance – Pirelli

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Pirelli say the tires it is supplying for this weekend’s race in Korea will produce significant differences in performance.

F1’s official tire supplier will bring the super-soft and medium compounds to this weekend’s race – last year the soft was used instead of the medium.

Motorsport director Paul Hembery said the choice of tires “best complements the characteristics of the 2013 range of compounds”.

“We would expect there to be a significant difference in lap time between the two compounds we have selected, as was the case in Singapore, and that should help the teams to put together some interesting strategies.”

“The work done in free practice when it comes to assessing the wear and degradation levels on each compound with different fuel loads is going to be especially important,” he added, “as that will hold the key to the correct strategy.”

A two-stop strategy was the preferred plan for most drivers during last year’s race, starting on the super-soft tire before switching to the soft compound.

Sebastian Vettel won the race but Red Bull had severe concerns over his tire wear in the final laps and repeatedly warned him to preserve his rubber. “Tire management is going to be important once more,” reckons Hembery.

Takuma Sato’s likeness revealed on Borg-Warner Trophy (PHOTOS)

Photos; Walt Kuhn
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INDIANAPOLIS – Rather than the traditional December unveil, this year’s reveal newest likeness added to the Borg-Warner Trophy came Tuesday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum.

Takuma Sato got to see the result of the sculpting done by William Behrends and then turned from wax, clay and ceramic into sterling silver on Tuesday evening, as the winner of the 101st Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil saw his face revealed on the trophy.

Sato took the No. 26 Ruoff Home Mortgage Honda for Andretti Autosport to the win in thrilling fashion this year over Helio Castroneves, denying the Brazilian his fourth Indianapolis 500 victory in the process. It atoned for his near-miss in 2012, driving for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, the team he’ll return to in 2018.

It’s been a whirlwind last week-plus for Sato, doing the podium interviews at the Japanese Grand Prix, reflecting on his Indianapolis 500 triumph, then sharing the victory spoils with another Japanese pilot in Yoshihide Muroya, who won the Red Bull Air Race World Championship at Indianapolis this weekend.

Photos of Sato’s face on the most unique trophy in sports are below. This post will be updated following tonight’s full unveil. (All photos: Walt Kuhn)