Kaltenborn: Mercedes gained tire advantage for 2014

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Sauber team principal Monisha Kaltenborn has spoken out over the on-going tiregate fiasco, believing that Mercedes will have not only gained in the short term from their tire test, but it has also aided their development for 2014.

Next season will see a new raft of regulations, and Toto Wolff has previously revealed that 50% of the Mercedes’ F1 workforce is already working on the W05 car. Although the team will face the FIA tribunal over the test, Kaltenborn is adamant that they will have gathered data for next season in the test.

“From the facts that we have heard in the media, they were testing 2014 tires,” Kaltenborn said in an interview.

“If you get an idea of 2014 tires, even if they are maybe developed later on, you at least have some basic knowledge which the others don’t have, and if you have experts with all those sensors, then you cannot exclude at least that you will not gain some benefit from there and know at least what you shouldn’t be doing – which is also a benefit.”

Although Kaltenborn conceded that she could not predict just how great the advantage is, she is confident that Mercedes’ planning for next season will have been aided.

“None of us can assess how much and how big the advantage is for next year’s car, because we are all at a very critical time of developing our car. A lot of decisions have to be made now in to what direction you want to go, and you have to define certain layouts and concepts of the car.

“And we all can simply not assess it, but nobody can deny that there could be an advantage.”

Should Pirelli choose to leave the sport at the end of the season, this advantage may not materialize as another supplier takes over the reigns. However, the FIA tribunal is set to meet in the next 45 days and make a decision about what penalty, if any, should be given to Mercedes over the affair.

IndyCar entry lists for Harvest GP at Indianapolis Motor Speedway

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There are 25 drivers on the NTT IndyCar Series entry lists at Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course with a few new yet familiar faces for the Oct. 2-3 race weekend.

Four-time champion Sebastien Bourdais will make his season debut in the No. 14 Dallara-Chevrolet (shifting Dalton Kellett to the No. 41) with AJ Foyt Racing, which he is joining full time next season. James Hinchcliffe, who had run three races with Andretti Autosport, will return in place of Zach Veach in the No. 26 Dallara-Honda. Helio Castroneves will drive Arrow McLaren SP’s No. 7 Dallara-Chevy for Oliver Askew, who is out with concussion-like symptoms.

Sage Karam, who has two IndyCar starts this year at IMS (the road course on July 4 and the Indy 500 on Aug. 23), also will return to the series in Dreyer & Reinbold’s No. 24 Dallara-Chevrolet.

HARVEST GP ENTRY LISTS: Friday l Saturday

Friday and Saturday of the Harvest GP presented by GMR will mark the second and third races this season on Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s 14-turn, 2.439-mile road course. While the July 4 race on the circuit was 80 laps, Friday’s distance is 85 laps, and Saturday will be a 75-lap event.

Championship leader Scott Dixon led 26 of 80 laps to win the July 4 race at the IMS road course. With three races remaining in the series, the five-time series champion enters with a 72-point lead on Josef Newgarden.

Click here to see who’s on the IndyCar entry lists in Race 1 and in Race 2 for the Harvest GP presented by GMR at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course.


START TIMES AND TV INFO FOR INDYCAR AT INDIANAPOLIS MOTOR SPEEDWAY ROAD COURSE (all times ET):

Thursday

IndyCar NTT Series practice: 2:25-3:40 p.m., NBC Sports Gold

IndyCar qualifying, Race 1: 6:20 p.m. (two groups/12 minutes apiece), NBC Sports Gold

Friday

—IndyCar Harvest Grand Prix, Race 1: 3:30 p.m. (green flag, 5 p.m.), USA Network, NBC Sports Gold

Saturday

—IndyCar qualifying: 10:20 a.m. (two groups/12 minutes apiece), NBC Sports Gold

—IndyCar Harvest Grand Prix, Race 2: 2:30 p.m (green flag, 2:31 p.m.)., NBC, NBC Sports Gold