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.
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.