Lotus laugh off Red Bull tire complaints

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Lotus team principal Eric Boullier has questioned Red Bull’s recent complaints over the 2013 Pirelli tires in light of the defending champion’s recent results.

“How can they complain when they’ve just had a one-two?” asked Boullier. “That would not be very understandable.”

Red Bull have raised questions about the new compounds in 2013, with Pirelli designing a more aggressive tire in order to force teams into making more pit stops. This has seen many driver struggle to make their tires last whilst running at optimum pace, but Boullier sees no reason for Pirelli to change their design.

“Pirelli has no reason to change their tire spec. It is the 2013 tire spec and that is it. I don’t think there is any interest or wish from Pirelli to change anything. There is no reason why they have to change.

“Red Bull won and they are going to win more. There are worse cars in the top positions with these tires.”

Lotus have been one of the few teams to truly master the new compounds, with Kimi Raikkonen managing his tires perfectly in Australia en route to winning the first race of the season, but many teams have found the 2013 compounds more problematic. However, the tires are yet to be used at a completely dry race weekend, and until they are, the debate is set to continue.

Zach Veach splits with Andretti Autosport for rest of IndyCar season

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Zach Veach will be leaving his Andretti Autosport ride with three races remaining in the season, choosing to explore options after the decision was made he wouldn’t return for 2021.

In a Wednesday release, Andretti Autosport said a replacement driver for the No. 26 Dallara-Honda would be named in the coming days. The NTT IndyCar Series will race Oct. 2-3 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course and then conclude the season Oct. 25 on the streets of St. Petersburg, Florida.

Veach was ranked 11th in the points standings through 11 races of his third season with Andretti. Since a fourth in the June 6 season opener at Texas Motor Speedway, he hadn’t finished higher than 14th.

“The decision was made that I will not be returning in 2021 with Andretti Autosport in the No. 26 Gainbridge car,” Veach said in the Andretti release. “This, along with knowing that limited testing exists for teams due to COVID, have led me to the decision to step out of the car for the remainder of the 2020 IndyCar season. I am doing this to allow the team to have time with other drivers as they prepare for 2021, and so that I can also explore my own 2021 options.

“This is the hardest decision I have ever made, but to me, racing is about family, and it is my belief that you take care of your family. Andretti Autosport is my family and I feel this is what is best to help us all reach the next step. I will forever be grateful to Michael and the team for all of their support over the years. I would not be where I am today if it wasn’t for a relationship that started many years ago with Road to Indy. I will also be forever grateful to Dan Towriss for his friendship and for the opportunity he and Gainbridge have given me.

“My love for this sport and the people involved is unmeasurable, and I look forward to continuing to be amongst the racing world and fans in 2021.”

Said team owner Michael Andretti: “We first welcomed Zach to the Andretti team back in his USF2000 days and have enjoyed watching him grow and evolve as a racer, and a person. His decision to allow us to use the last few races to explore our 2021 options shows the measure of his character.

“Zach has always placed team and family first, and we’re very happy to have had him as part of ours for so many years. We wish him the best in whatever 2021 may bring and will always consider him a friend.”

Andretti fields five full-time cars for Veach, Alexander Rossi, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Marco Andretti and Colton Herta.

It also has fielded James Hinchcliffe in three races this season.