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.

Power, Newgarden, Dixon fastest in first of 2 IndyCar practices today at Barber Motorsports Park

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Will Power was fastest in Friday’s first of two IndyCar practice sessions at Barber Motorsports Park.

Power covered the 2.3-mile permanent road course in 1:07.5987 minutes at 122.488 mph in the 45-minute practice session.

Even though he spun off the course during his session, Phoenix winner Josef Newgarden still managed to be second-fastest (121.919 mph at 1:07.9141 minutes), followed by Scott Dixon (121.296 mph/1:082627), Max Chilton (121.251 mph/1:08.2882) and Ed Jones (121.215 mph/1:09.5692).

 

Sixth through 10th were Simon Pagenaud (121.208 mph/1:08.3122), Jordan King (121.113 mph/1:083661), Graham Rahal (121.059 mph/1:08.3964), St. Petersburg winner Sebastien Bourdais (121.029 mph/1:08.4131) and rookie Zach Veach (121.014 mph/1:08.4216).

Here’s the full speed chart:

Incidents:

* Early in the session, Long Beach winner Alexander Rossi ran off the track and into the grass, striking a small sign, but was able to get back on-track. However, Rossi was only able to complete 10 laps, relegating him to 20th-fastest in the 23-car field.

* Moments later, it appeared the rear brakes locked up on Newgarden heading into Turn 5, spinning him into the gravel trap. He was able to get going and returned to the pits for service and was back on-track with less than four minutes remaining in the session.

ALSO OF NOTE:

* The second practice session of the day will begin at 3:50 p.m. ET. A third practice will take part Saturday morning at 10:50 a.m. ET, followed by qualifying beginning at 4:05 p.m. ET. The race, to be televised live Sunday on NBCSN, is slated to start at 3:30 p.m. ET.

* However, weather forecast does not look promising for Sunday’s race. As of 1 p.m. ET today, the forecast calls for 100 percent rain throughout the day.

* Dixon has had an incredible record at Barber Motorsports Park, with seven podium finishes in eight starts there. Except for one thing: he has yet to win a race there. But he does have five runner-up and two other third-place showings on the permanent road course.

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