Red Bull’s efforts to persuade Pirelli to revise its latest tires have failed to win support from rival teams.
Reports emerged during the Malaysian Grand Prix weekend that Red Bull had been urging Pirelli to change their tire compounds as they feel they are keeping them from running flat-out during races.
“You’ve got drive slow on these tires, we’re not pushing flat out as usual, all the leaders are driving very slow to save the tires,” said Mark Webber after the race.
But Pirelli motorsport director Paul Hembery says Red Bull are the only team to have complained: “It was only one critic really. Everyone else came and said they don’t know what they were talking about.”
Hembery added Pirelli were wary of disrupting a level playing field: “If you want to favor one team then the season is over. It would be finished by Monza.”
“Red Bull clearly have a lot of performance. Maybe they would like something else but I am sure other teams would like other things as well.”
Red Bull’s lobbying cannot have been helped by the fact their cars finished first and second in Sunday’s race, as Webber acknowledged:
“With what we had, probably not much of an idea that’s how the race would go for us today. I was surprised that other people were not with us, completely, people won’t believe that but that’s the case.”
It’s known as “Carburetor Day” – or in its simplest term, just “Carb Day.”
But the final day of on-track action Friday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway before Sunday’s 102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500 is so much more.
Especially on NBCSN, which will have wall-to-wall live coverage starting Friday morning.
Here’s how Friday’s schedule breaks down:
- 11 a.m. ET: Carb Day kicks off with the final practice for Sunday’s Indy 500. The session will last one hour in length.
- 12 p.m. ET: We’re going racing! Strap in for coverage of the Indy Lights’ Freedom 100 on the famous Brickyard.
- 1:30 p.m. ET: We’ll have coverage of the annual IndyCar Pit Stop Challenge. Which teams have the best – and most importantly, fastest and accurate – pit crews? Team Penske has won 10 of the last 12, including the last two years edging out Schmidt Peterson Motorsports each time. Who can potentially beat them this year?
- 3:30 p.m. ET: We’ll have our annual Motorsports Special. Among segments included will be:
1) 2016 Indy 500 winner Alexander Rossi will discuss how it used to upset him when people suggested he “backed into” his big win and how he didn’t really feel vindicated until he qualified on the front row for last year’s race.
2) Defending 500 winner Takuma Sato, the first Japanese driver to ever win at Indianapolis, discusses the impact of his big win personally and professionally, particularly back in his native land.
3) An essay by Robin Miller on Stefan Wilson giving up his ride last year to allow Fernando Alonso to race for Andretti Autosport.
Check your local listings for replay times.