Softer tyres will boost performance in Hungary – Pirelli

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Pirelli say the softer tire compounds being used for this year’s Hungarian Grand Prix will bring “even more performance” to the cars.

Lap times have fallen at several races this year due in part to Pirelli’s softer tires. Lewis Hamilton set the fastest lap of the current configuration of Silverstone during qualifying for the British Grand Prix.

Pirelli originally allocated the hard and medium tire for the Hungarian Grand Prix. However due to the changes in construction it has since made, F1’s official tire supplier is now providing the soft compound instead of the hard.

“Hungary marks the first event for our latest specification P Zero tires, which consist of the 2012 construction matched to the 2013 compounds,” said motorsport director Paul Hembery.

“These tires were tried out by the teams at Silverstone during the young driver test, who benefitted from the opportunity to adapt the set-up of their cars to best suit the new tires.”

Hembery added the more aggressive choice of compounds should make passing easier at a track where it has been difficult in the past: “Overtaking at this circuit is never an easy task, so the teams will be looking to use strategy to maximize their opportunities to gain track position,” he said.

“The selection of medium and soft tires should provide plenty of chances to help them do that, based on the data that all the teams gain with different fuel loads in free practice.”

Andretti Autosport picks James Hinchcliffe for last 3 races of season

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James Hinchcliffe will finish the NTT IndyCar Series season for Andretti Autosport, replacing Zach Veach in the No. 26 Dallara-Honda.

The team made the announcement Friday afternoon that Hinchcliffe will return after racing for Andretti at Texas Motor Speedway, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course and the Indianapolis 500.

Hinchcliffe, who also has worked as an IndyCar on NBC analyst and pit reporter, will race in the Oct. 2-3 doubleheader race weekend at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course and the Oct. 25 season finale at St. Petersburg, Florida.

“It’s always unfortunate to have to change drivers this far into a season, but we have to look at finishing the year the best we can for the 26 team and start evaluating and looking at options for 2021,” team owner Michael Andretti said in a release. “James has an existing relationship with our team that we’d love to build on and it makes the most sense for him to step in for these last three races. We are looking forward to seeing what he can do.”

Hinchcliffe has a season-best finish of seventh in the Indy 500. He had been working on trying to put together a deal for next season after scrambling to secure a partial schedule this year when he lost his ride at Arrow McLaren SP after 2020 with a year left on his deal.

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“I know, probably better than most, what Zach is feeling right now, and I have to say that he has handled everything about as class act as you can,” Hinchcliffe said. “I’ve known Zach as a teammate, before that as a colleague and even before that as a friend, and he is a guy that I respect in every way. I know he is a fighter and will fight back to where he wants to be.

“For me now, my focus is 100% on racing the Harvest GP and getting the best possible results for Gainbridge, for Honda, for Michael and for the team. I obviously haven’t been on a road course in a while, but at least the last time I was, it was here at IMS! Hopefully that puts us in a good position to go out there and have a strong weekend.”