Pirelli confirms tire allocations up to Singapore

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Pirelli has confirmed which tires will be on offer to the teams for the next three grands prix in Belgium, Italy and Singapore.

F1’s tire supplier has been criticized by some corners of the paddock for being too conservative in its allocations this year, and this appears to have continued for the next three races. Following a difficult 2013 season that saw the selections be not conservative enough, Pirelli cannot be blamed for erring on the side of caution.

For the next three races, the following tires will be on offer:

  • Belgian Grand Prix – soft (option); medium (prime)
  • Italian Grand Prix – medium (option); hard (prime)
  • Singapore Grand Prix – super-soft (option); soft (hard)

“At Spa, one of the most spectacular and demanding circuits on the calendar, the P Zero White medium and P Zero Yellow soft tires will be used, which will be well-suited to the varied track and weather conditions often found in Belgium,” a statement from Pirelli reads.

“For Monza, the ‘temple of speed’ and Pirelli’s home event, the two hardest compounds in the range have been nominated: P Zero Orange hard and P Zero White medium. This is to combat the high-energy loads that are put through the tires as the result of high traction and braking demands, sustained high speeds and frequently warm temperatures.

“Singapore is the final street circuit of the season and held at night, providing a unique combination of conditions. The two softest tires in the range will be used: P Zero Yellow soft and P Zero Red supersoft. These will provide maximum mechanical grip.”

BMW confirms IMSA, WEC GTE line-ups for 2018

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BMW has confirmed its driver line-ups for the 2018 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and 2018/19 FIA World Endurance Championship campaigns.

In an announcement made at its end-of-year Sports Trophy event on Friday night, BMW firmed up its roster across its factory WEC team and its customer RLL Racing IMSA squad.

Two of the 2018 BMW M8 GTEs will enter the WEC next year, joining a hotly-contested GTE-Pro class that already features Ferrari, Porsche, Aston Martin and Ford.

BMW factory drivers Antonio Felix da Costa, Nick Catsburg, Augusto Farfus and Martin Tomczyk will share the two cars across the 13-month ‘super season’.

The quartet will be joined by Tom Blomqvist, Alexander Sims and Philipp Eng for the 24 Hours of Le Mans

In IMSA, the RLL Racing team will once again field Sims and John Edwards, who will be joined by the incoming Connor De Phillippi and Jesse Krohn.

BMW also confirmed on Friday night that Tom Blomqvist would see out the Formula E season with its Andretti-affiliated team, having been benched for Kamui Kobayashi in Hong Kong.