Pirelli confirms it will stay F1’s official tire supplier through 2016

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Pirelli has confirmed it will remain as Formula One’s official tire supplier in a three-year deal that runs through 2016, the company announced Thursday.

Crucially, the release also says Pirelli and F1 will be working together to adjust and change the sporting regulations with regards to tire testing, since that was often an issue throughout the 2013 season.

One of the upcoming 12 days of preseason testing will be dedicated to wet-weather tire testing, and one of the eight in-season days will be dedicated exclusively to tire testing.

Thus far, teams have only had one wet practice session in Brazil to experiment with Pirelli’s new 2014 specification of tires. There will need to be extensive testing in the three preseason tests at Jerez and Bahrain to determine where teams are at with these new sets.

Daniel Ricciardo would relish being Lewis Hamilton’s teammate

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BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) — Daniel Ricciardo says he would relish the challenge of having Lewis Hamilton as his teammate if he joins Mercedes next year.

Ricciardo is out of contract at Red Bull at the end of the season and expressed interest in joining teams like Mercedes or Ferrari to help him challenge for the championship.

The Australian says he would “love to obviously be challenged against the best and Lewis is obviously up there.”

He adds: “I don’t want to say it’s just Lewis I’m looking for but that would be a good challenge.”

Ricciardo says he won’t accept a faster car if it means playing second fiddle to an established star.

He says “there’s always been really good clarity and fairness (at Red Bull) … and I would expect that environment everywhere.”