Pirelli is reportedly considering a change in its tire design following a difficult set of practice sessions at the Spanish Grand Prix.
Paul di Resta suffered a heavy tire failure during FP2 which was investigated by Pirelli, and although they have put this down to debris on the track, it would appear that further concerns have been raised.
Pirelli’s F1 chief, Paul Hembery, has said that although the the tires are still safe to use, the frequency of failures does not aid the corporate image.
“We would like to find a way of changing that because it doesn’t look very good from an image point of view,” Hembery told Press Association.
“We would have to look at changing some parts of the structure, which is something we can do.”
However, Hembery said that any changes would have an impact on the teams, who would have to deal with the new tire design.
“We would need to balance that with what impact it might have on the teams because they have a lot of data that’s based on this year’s structure which influences aerodynamics.
“Also there is a lack of testing. Some of the solutions we might need would need some more extensive testing, so we are caught in between a bit of a rock and a hard place.
“But we do take these things seriously. We’re looking at it to see if we can change this mode of failure, the visibility of it and turn it into something that is less dramatic from a visual point of view.”
It appears that Pirelli may have finally bowed to pressure from the teams and fans to make a change to its tire design, which will please Red Bull in particular following their vocality over the matter.
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 NASCAR America Motorsports Special. Among segments included in the 90-minute show 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.
4) An essay by Nate Ryan on Danica Patrick as she looks to compete in her final Indy 500 before retiring from professional racing.