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Pirelli’s Fiorano wet-weather tire test postponed after Vettel crash

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Formula 1 tire supplier Pirelli has been forced to postpone its planned wet-weather test with Ferrari at Fiorano in Italy following Sebastian Vettel’s crash on Thursday.

Pirelli was granted an additional two days of wet-tire running ahead of the 2017 season, with a modified version of Ferrari’s 2015 car, the SF15-T, being used to conduct running at Fiorano and mimic the additional downforce levels of downforce in play for 2017.

Vettel crashed while testing on Thursday, going off-track in wet conditions and hitting the barrier, causing damage to the mule car that forced the day’s running to end earlier.

Ferrari had been due to continue testing on Friday, but a Pirelli spokesmen confirmed to NBC Sports that the running had been postponed as a result of the crash that Vettel sustained.

2017 will see Pirelli supply greatly modified tires to F1, with both the front and rear compounds increasing in width by 25 per cent in a bid to improve lap times.

Pirelli has come under fire in recent years over its wet weather compound, prompting the Italian company to place a greater focus on these tires during the development phase.

As well as the to-be-rescheduled test, Pirelli is guaranteed to get at least one day of wet weather running during pre-season testing in Barcelona, Spain.

Dakar Rally video highlights from the concluding Stage 14

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EDITOR’S NOTE: NBCSN will air additional Dakar Rally highlights on Sunday at 5:30 p.m. ET and Monday at 7 p.m. ET.

The 40th Dakar Rally is now history.

Nearly 550 competitors began the early 5,600-mile long race 15 days ago and concluded Saturday.

As we’ve done throughout the Rally, here are some key video highlights from NBCSN’s coverage of the Rally:

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CARS

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MOTORCYCLES