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‘No conflict’ between Mercedes, Ferrari over F1 oil burn ruling

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Chiefs from both Mercedes and Ferrari’s Formula 1 operations have denied any conflict or friction over the FIA’s technical directive reducing the level of oil burn permitted in power units, coming into force at last weekend’s Italian Grand Prix.

The FIA clarified at the end of last month that any engine upgrades introduced between Monza and the end of the season would have to adhere to a new oil consumption limit of 0.9L/100km, reduced from 1.2L/100km.

Mercedes appeared to have got a jump on the rival Ferrari team by introducing its final major power unit update of the season at Spa, meaning it could race under the old allowance until the end of the season.

Reports in the Italian press claimed Mercedes had broken a gentleman’s agreement with Ferrari not to introduce any updates until the new limit came into force, but both teams denied there is any friction or significant advantage to be gained.

“We have no conflict. I don’t want to comment on this kind of thing,” Ferrari F1 chief Maurizio Arrivabene said.

“Mercedes introduced one engine early. That also has disadvantages during the course of the season, because you have no more development. This is the end of my comment.”

“I think it was completely blown out of proportion,” Mercedes F1 boss Toto Wolff added.

“Exactly what Maurizio said, the reasons we have introduced it early was in order to bring some performance to the track, with the risk of having to do many races until the end of the season – more races than our direct competitors, number one.

“Number two, you lack for further development. The longer you wait for the last introduction of engine, the more you can probably add the upgrade.

“So these are the reasons we brought it and not in order to extract a performance advantage out of the capability of burning more oil. If you ask the FIA you will be quite interested to see what the results are, and they are pretty much all the same.

“I don’t know where that rumor came, and it was nothing that was ever a problem or discussion among us.”

Pirelli reveals new super-hard, hyper-soft F1 tires in Abu Dhabi

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Pirelli has confirmed it will add two new tires to its range for the 2018 Formula 1 season, launching the ‘super-hard’ and ‘hyper-soft’ compounds in Abu Dhabi on Thursday.

Pirelli currently makes three of its five dry compounds available to teams for each race weekend, and despite varying selections across the course of the season has struggled to offer much in terms of strategy options, with one-stop races being the norm.

The hope is that the addition of two new tire compounds and a re-alignment of their durability will offer teams more choices in races.

Pirelli confirmed plans to introduce a new softest tire below the current ultra-soft earlier this month, inviting fans to pick a name.

The pink-colored compound will be known as the ‘hyper-soft’ from next year, with the arrival of a new ‘super-hard’ (colored ‘ice blue’) also being confirmed at a launch event in Abu Dhabi on Thursday.

“Compared to this year, when the tires grew by 25% to fit a brand-new generation of cars, the changes for next year are less far-reaching,” Pirelli head of car racing Mario Isola said.

“However, we’re pleased to present some important innovations with softer and faster compounds across the range: including the new hypersoft.

“We realized that, under the unique circumstances of this year, some of our 2017 compounds were perhaps conservative: the tires we have created for 2018 addresses this, in line with the objective of having around two pit stops at most races.

“However, the fundamental design concept of the tires hasn’t changed next year, preserving the attributes that all drivers have appreciated this year and allowing them to push hard from the start to the finish of each stint.

“The new range consists of faster tires that should lead to even harder and more spectacular racing in 2018.”

Besides the seven dry compounds made available, there will be the two rain tires – wet and intermediate – taking it to a total of nine for the 2018 season.