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Leclerc, Celis Jr. enjoy track time in Mexico at Pirelli test

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Formula 1 juniors Charles Leclerc and Alfonso Celis Jr. continued their development by taking part in a two-day Pirelli tire test earlier this week at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, staying out in Mexico following last weekend’s grand prix.

Leclerc, 20, enjoyed more time with Sauber in the team’s C36 car after taking part in opening practice in Mexico, with the Ferrari’s youngster and Formula 2 champion’s program gearing him up for a race seat with the Swiss team next year.

Leclerc was joined on-track in Mexico by Force India development driver Celis, 21, with the drivers completing 115 and 114 laps respectively on Pirelli’s prototype tires for 2018.

Leclerc had the track to himself on Wednesday, where overnight rain allowed him to sample Pirelli’s intermediate tire before moving onto slicks later in the day, completing 104 laps in total.

Pirelli’s next 2018 tire test will take place at Interlagos following the Brazilian Grand Prix on November 14-15, with McLaren in action.

Holmatro, INDYCAR renew partnership in five-year extension

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Holmatro, a long-time partner of INDYCAR and title sponsor of the Holmatro Safety Team, have renewed a long-standing partnership that will see Holmatro and INDYCAR continue their partnership in a five-year contract extension.

“Holmatro has been a trusted partner and supplier in Indy car racing for more than 20 years,” said president of competition and operations Jay Frye. “Holmatro’s growth parallels some of the great strides made in safety for INDYCAR drivers and teams. We’re pleased to see this partnership continue, as it is a great benefit to everyone in the paddock.”

Holmatro’s relationship with INDYCAR dates back to 1991, when they first supplied tools to the safety team of the CART sanctioned PPG IndyCar World Series. Holmatro branding will continue to be featured on the firesuits, vehicles, and transporters of INDYCAR’s safety team throughout the agreement.

“Holmatro is extremely pleased to extend our partnership with INDYCAR for another five years,” said Tony Barboza, general manager for Holmatro. “We’re extremely proud to be affiliated with the premier on-track safety team in the world. Members of the safety team serve on their home fire departments when not at INDYCAR events and, like them, we believe in constant improvement and innovation. When the race is for life, you can count on the INDYCAR Safety Team and Holmatro rescue tools.”