Pirelli confirms tire selection for Spain, Monaco and Canada

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Pirelli has confirmed its tire selections for the Spanish, Monaco and Canadian Grands Prix which are set to take place in May and June, and will round out the first third of the 2014 season.

For the race at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, the Italian tire supplier will bring its most durable two compounds – medium and hard – due to the abrasive nature of the track. Last year’s Spanish Grand Prix was won by Fernando Alonso on a four-stop strategy which was also used by a number of other drivers. The same tire nomination was made for this race.

At Monaco, Pirelli will offer teams the softest available compounds – super-soft and soft – due to the low rate of degradation around the streets of the principality. This will be the first time that the red ringed super-soft tire is used, with it being the fastest compound used in Formula 1.

For the Canadian Grand Prix at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in June, the same tire selection has been made: soft and super-soft.

To summarize:

  • 2014 Spanish Grand Prix – medium (option); hard (prime)
  • 2014 Monaco Grand Prix – super-soft (option); soft (prime)
  • 2014 Canadian Grand Prix – super-soft (option); soft (prime)

After a tumultuous 2013 season, the waters appear to have calmed at Pirelli this year, and the tire choices for these grands prix are what was expected given the nature of each circuit.

Recapping the 2018 Dakar Rally with “best of” video highlights

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EDITOR’S NOTE: NBCSN will air additional Dakar Rally highlights on Monday at 7 p.m. ET.

As it has done so for four decades, the 40th annual Dakar Rally – the most grueling test of man and machine anywhere – produced a number of surprise finishes and also several disappointments for drivers or riders who were expected to do well in the nearly 5,600-mile trek that began in Peru and continued through Bolivia and ending in Argentina.

NBCSN has aired highlights from all 14 stages (actually 13, because one stage was completely rained out) during the Rally’s two-week run, which concluded Saturday.

Here’s some of the “best of” highlights from the overall Rally highlights, followed by a quick guide that gives you wrapups to all 14 stages.

So, without further adieu, here’s NBCSN’s “best of” the 2018 Dakar Rally:

2018 Dakar Rally: Best of cars

2018 Dakar Rally: Best of bikes

2018 Dakar Rally: Best of trucks

2018 Dakar Rally: Best of quads

Lastly, here’s a day-by-day wrapup of how the Rally played out.

MORE: Dakar Rally daily stages schedule, NBCSN broadcast schedule, list of all competitors.

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