The new-specification Pirelli tires due to appear at the Canadian Grand Prix will only be used in practice and not during the race.
Pirelli announced it would change the construction of its tires after the spate of delaminations seen at the Bahrain the Spanish Grands Prix.
F1’s official tire supplier originally said its new product would make its first appearance at the British Grand Prix. But as pressure increased on the tire supplier following a Spanish Grand Prix which saw most drivers make four pit stops, it brought the introduction forward to Canada.
Now Pirelli has confirmed the new construction of tires will be tested during practice in Montreal but won’t appear during the race. Drivers will be given two sets of the revised tires which feature Kevlar belts, as used in last year’s tires, rather than the steel belts used this year.
A Pirelli spokesperson told Autosport: “As the regulations allow for this and for reasons of sporting equity, we think that this is the best way forward.”
As well as guarding against the possibility of further delaminations, the change in construction is also expected to reduce the operating temperature of the tires. This may reduce their thermal degradation, allowing them to last longer, and decreasing the possibility of drivers needing to make more than three pit stops during a race.
Acura, Corvette and Lexus teams were the winners in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship points standings and results from Sunday’s Acura Sports Car Challenge at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.
Leading the way for the overall title were the DPi duo of Ricky Taylor and Helio Castroneves. The Acura No. 7 drivers earned their third consecutive victory for Team Penske, which last won three straight sports car races during the 2007 American Le Mans Series.
Other class winners at the Lexington, Ohio, road course were the No. 3 Corvette C8.R of Jordan Taylor and Antonio Garcia in GTLM and the No. 14 Lexus RC F GT3 of Jack Hawksworth and Aaron Telitz in GTD.
Here are the race stats, points and results from the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship race at Mid-Ohio:
RESULTS: Click here for the overall finishing order and here for the class breakdown.
POINTS: In the DPi division, the No. 10 Cadillac of Ryan Briscoe and Renger van der Zande lead the points standings. No. 3 Corvette drivers Taylor and Garcia are tops in GTLM.
In GTD, the No. 86 Acura NSX GT3 of Mario Farnbacher and Matt McMurry leads the points over Telitz and Hawksworth.
STATS PACKAGE FOR MID-OHIO:
Fastest laps by driver
Fastest laps by driver after race (over the weekend)
Fastest laps by driver and class after race
Fastest lap sequence
Race analysis by lap
Best sector times
NEXT: The IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship will race with its GT divisions Oct. 9-10 at the Charlotte Motor Speedway Roval.