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Paul Hembery handed new Pirelli role amid management reshuffle


Pirelli’s Formula 1 tire chief Paul Hembery has been appointed the company’s new executive director for Latin America following a reshuffle of its senior management positions.

Hembery has overseen Pirelli’s F1 interests since its return to the sport as tire supplier in 2011 as motorsport director, with Mario Isola working as his understudy.

As confirmed by Pirelli on Tuesday, Hembery will now become its LatAm executive director, but will continue to oversee its motorsport interests. Isola has been made Pirelli’s head of car racing and will take on more of the day-to-day duties in F1.

“With effect from 15 March 2017, Paul Hembery has been nominated Executive President of Pirelli Latam Region Consumer, which includes operating units in Argentina, Brazil and Venezuela,” a short statement from Pirelli reads.

“The motorsport activities, for which Hembery will continue to ensure overall coordination, remain entrusted to Mario Isola, as Head of Car Racing, and Giorgio Barbier, as Head of Moto Racing, together with Gianni Guidotti, Head of Technical and Commercial Operations.”

Pirelli has introduced a new range of F1 tires for 2017, increasing the size of its compounds by 25 per cent and making them more durable and consistent following complaints from drivers in recent years.

Video highlights from Stage 12 of Dakar Rally, 2 stages remain

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Thursday’s Stage 12 of the 40th Dakar Rally not only closed the overall standings gap in at least two classes (cars and trucks), two other classes (bikes and quads) failed to get going due to weather conditions.

The full video highlights of Stage 12 will air on NBCSN on Friday at 7 pm ET, but here are some of the highlights from Thursday’s action:


2018 Dakar Rally: Nasser Al-Attiyah wins Stage 12 of cars


 Stage 12 cancelled due to weather conditions



Ton van Genugten edged out Martin Kolomy in Stage of, while Federico Villagra and Eduard Nikolaev both faced an uphill battle to finish fourth and third respectively.


Even though the Quads were also impacted by weather issues on Thursday, Ignacio Casale, the 2014 Dakar winner, continues to make his case for a second overall victory in the quads.