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Pirelli confirms softest tire sets for Austrian Grand Prix

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Pirelli has confirmed that it will take its softest Formula 1 tire compounds to the Red Bull Ring for the Austrian Grand Prix on July 9.

Since 2016, Pirelli has elected three compounds for each grand prix to give teams variation in strategy, with the softer tires being saved for tracks with lower levels of degradation.

After confirming its picks for Canada and Azerbaijan in March, Pirelli has now confirmed the compounds it will take to the first race back in western Europe following the two flyaways.

The ultra-soft, super-soft and soft tires will be available for teams to use in Austria. All drivers are required to use at least one set of either the super-soft or soft tires during the race, and must complete Q3 on the ultra-soft compound.

Daniel Ricciardo would relish being Lewis Hamilton’s teammate

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BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) — Daniel Ricciardo says he would relish the challenge of having Lewis Hamilton as his teammate if he joins Mercedes next year.

Ricciardo is out of contract at Red Bull at the end of the season and expressed interest in joining teams like Mercedes or Ferrari to help him challenge for the championship.

The Australian says he would “love to obviously be challenged against the best and Lewis is obviously up there.”

He adds: “I don’t want to say it’s just Lewis I’m looking for but that would be a good challenge.”

Ricciardo says he won’t accept a faster car if it means playing second fiddle to an established star.

He says “there’s always been really good clarity and fairness (at Red Bull) … and I would expect that environment everywhere.”