Pirelli confirms 2017 F1 tire picks up to Azerbaijan GP

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Pirelli has announced its Formula 1 tire compound selections for Spain, Monaco, Canada and Azerbaijan.

As in 2016, Pirelli has been confirming which tires the 10 F1 teams will have on offer for races several weeks in advance (14 for long-haul events, eight for European rouns).

Three compounds are made available to teams on each grand prix weekend, with Pirelli selecting the most suitable tires depending on the circuit.

Following the introduction of new, wider tires for 2017, Pirelli will allocate the number of sets of each compound every team gets up to and including the Spanish Grand Prix.

From Monaco onwards, teams will be able to largely choose how many of each compound they take to races.

May’s Spanish Grand Prix will see Pirelli offer teams its three hardest compounds – hard, medium and soft – given the high-degradation nature of the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.

The three softest compounds – ultra-soft, super-soft and soft – will be on offer for Monaco and Canada in light of the low tire wear. Azerbaijan’s Baku City Circuit warrants super-soft, soft and medium picks.

Hamilton, Red Bull teammates both go to NASA before USGP

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One of the more intriguing United States Grand Prix adventures occurred on Wednesday, as both Lewis Hamilton and the pair of Red Bull Racing teammates, Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen, all went to NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston – in separate sessions – before heading onto Austin.

Hamilton posted on his Instagram story on Wednesday that he’d “quit his day job in a second” to work at NASA and become an astronaut, and the unbridled enthusiasm spoke to the three-time Formula 1 World Champion’s love of different life aspects entirely outside of racing.

“(I) had an incredible day yesterday, having a bit of a comedown today,” Hamilton said today at the FIA Press Conference. “I was just buzzed all day yesterday because it’s always been something I’ve wanted to do. It’s always something I’ve been fascinated about, space and space travel particularly.

“So to actually go there… and I had a million questions. I’m sure the guy got fed up with me. I asked a lot of questions and I got to see a lot of great things, some of the new technology they are working on and yeah, I want to go back.”

The Mercedes AMG Petronas team posted a gallery of Hamilton’s adventure on its website, linked here, and a few samples are below.

As for the Red Bull pair, the young duo of Ricciardo and Verstappen were equally awestruck by the experience.

“There really are a lot of similarities between this and F1, just the technology alone,” Ricciardo said. “I had a guest come to a race last year, when they got into the garage they were like: ‘this is like a space station’. We went to mission control here and it’s really like what we have in the Ops Room in Milton Keynes. Even the safety technology is similar. The astronauts go through the same measurements, a similar kind of HANS device etc. It’s really cool.”

Verstappen added, “There are quite a lot of comparisons, if you really want to talk about it we could go on for an hour! The control center looks pretty similar to ours. We share a lot of the same technology. It was really interesting for us to see that and I bet it would be the same if they could see ours.”

Here’s a link to Red Bull’s gallery and some teaser shots below.