After the emergence of multiple reports that said McLaren’s Jenson Button pulled out of a recent triathlon on the Canary Islands due to a leg injury, the team has commented on the matter.
“Jenson decided not to complete the Canary Islands triathlon, but he is fit and well and has, contrary to a few rogue media reports, no injuries of any kind,” a team spokesperson has said.
“Indeed, he is driving in our simulator today and is looking forward to participating in the forthcoming Spanish Grand Prix.”
Those particular reports said that Button had completed the swimming and cycling portions of the triathlon but pulled out of the half-marathon run due to a muscle issue.
Button tweeted about the triathlon earlier this morning, but made no reference to any possible injuries.
However, on his Instagram page, he made reference to having to pull out of the running portion due to his “ITB,” or illiotibial band, acting up.
The illiotibial band is a ligament that serves to help extend, abduct, and rotate the hip, as well as provide lateral stabilization of the knee. Injuries involving the band are common among runners.
Red Bull Global Rallycross will have new rubber going forward in the 2018 season.
Continental Tire the Americas on Tuesday announced a multi-year partnership with GRC starting with the upcoming racing season.
Continental Tire will be the exclusive tire provider for Supercars, GRC Lites and Polaris RZR this season. Electric vehicles will be added to the mix starting in 2019.
“Continental Tire is an industry leader in technical tire development,” Red Bull GRC CEO Colin Dyne said in a media release. “Their experience in developing tires that work in both pavement and non-pavement situations, as well as their ability to develop race tires for a wide variety of vehicles, tracks and circumstances make them the ideal partner.
“As the official tire supplier for the Red Bull GRC series, they will bring a new level of excellence and high performance to the events.”
This will be Continental Tire’s first foray into Red Bull GRC competition. The season opener is set for May 19-20 in Louisville, Kentucky.
GRC, Supercar and GRC Lites cars will use one compound while a second compound/tire will be developed for the Polaris RZR side-by-side class.
“We’re thrilled to add Global Rallycross to our motorsports portfolio,” said John DeSalle, president of Continental Tire Motorsports. “We’re looking forward to providing a tire that will give the fans the great racing they expect while also making it fun for the drivers.
“This series is action-packed and we can’t wait to get on track!”
The 2018 GRC season will be composed of 12 events across eight events and will be televised on NBC.