Pirelli has confirmed its tire allocations for the next four Formula 1 grands prix, including the first race in Austria since 2003.
The Italian tire manufacturer became the sole supplier for the sport back in 2011, and was given the tender of spicing up the racing and eradicating one-stop races which had become commonplace with Bridgestone back in 2010. Despite some ups and downs, its presence in the sport has been largely positive.
It has now confirmed which tires will be used for the races in Austria, Great Britain, Germany and Hungary.
- Austria – super-soft (option); soft (prime)
- Great Britain – medium (option); hard (prime)
- Germany – super-soft (option); soft (prime)
- Hungary – soft (option); medium (prime)
These selections are hardly surprising given the nature of the upcoming tracks, but with the quickest tires available, it should make for some great racing and open up a variety of strategies.
Pirelli will be hoping that its selection for the British Grand Prix at Silverstone will prevent a repeat of last year’s ‘tiregate’ scandal, which saw five drivers suffer failures and blowouts in the race.
Audi bid farewell to its iconic head of motorsport, Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich, at its end-of-season ‘Race Night’ event in Germany on Friday upon his retirement.
Ullrich took over the reins as Audi’s head of motorsport in 1993 and stayed in the role for 23 years, overseeing its arrival in the prototype class of sports car racing and domination of the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Ullrich stepped down from the position at the end of 2016, handing the reins over to ex-Audi DTM chief Dieter Gass, and attended his final racing event with the German marque at its first works Formula E outing in Hong Kong earlier this month.
Ullrich was honored at the Race Night event on Friday and thanked for his efforts in developing Audi into a force within global motorsport.
“In 566 factory-backed commitments during this period he celebrated 209 victories, 13 of them in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, eleven in the 12-hour race at Sebring and nine in the ‘Petit Le Mans’ at Road Atlanta,” a piece on Ullrich’s tenure for Audi’s website reads.
“31 driver titles in super touring car racing, in the DTM and in the sports prototype category are credited to him. 57 campaigners were Audi factory drivers during Wolfgang Ullrich’s era and he was responsible for 18 new developments of racing cars – an impressive tally.”