Pirelli to test 2014 prototype tires at Brazilian Grand Prix

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Pirelli’s motorsport director Paul Hembery has confirmed that Formula One’s tire supplier will bring its prototype designs for next season to the Brazilian Grand Prix later this month.

Pirelli have endured a nightmarish season, suffering from a backlash from the teams due to their initial designs, a series of tire failures at the British Grand Prix in June and an embarrassing move back to the 2012 constructions for the Hungarian Grand Prix. However, now that the ship has steadied, Hembery is looking ahead to next season with the contract close to being signed.

“It’s done really,” Hembery said. “There’s one last piece to be done with the FIA. The lawyers are dealing with that – when you get lawyers involved with anything it tends to add time to whatever you’re doing. So, it’s just rumbling along.”

In terms of Pirelli’s plans for 2014, Hembery explained that they are doing everything possible to avoid another year like this one.

“There’s a couple of things that are happening quite quickly,” he said. “We’ve got a 1000kmtest with Mclaren coming up in Vallelunga. We will be bringing to the Brazil race for P1 a couple of sets of tires of the prototype for next season. We’re hopeful to do a couple of tests in December and January with an old-generation car and there’s been some good ideas going forward as to what we could do during the pre-season itself.”

Pirelli will now be looking to finalize the details of the tire contract in order to make firm plans for their fourth season as the sport’s supplier.

NEOM McLaren Formula E announces Jake Hughes will join Rene Rast for 2023 season

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Doubling down on their commitment to electric auto sports, McLaren Racing announced Jake Hughes will join Rene Rast to compete in the 2023 Formula E Series (FE), which completes their driver lineup.

The NEOM McLaren FE team was formed by the acquisition of the Mercedes-EQ Formula E team that won the 2021 and 2022 championships with Stoffel Vandoorne and Nyck de Vries behind the wheel.

“Today’s announcement feels like a long time coming,” said Ian James, managing director of NEOM McLaren Electric Racing in a release. “Since May this year, when we first announced McLaren Racing’s entry into Formula E, we have been working tirelessly to get in place the best possible team and structure for sustainable success.

“On the one hand, we have been working on the retention of the amazing talent that already was in place before going into the transitional phase. I’m proud to say I think we’ve done a great job on that front.

“On the other hand, we have been focusing on putting in place new processes and new talent – and the latter includes the drivers.”

The driver lineup clasps the two hands together.

Hughes brings 10 years racing experience in single seater cars, including a role with the acquired Mercedes-EQ team as a reserve and development driver for the past two seasons. He is the 2013 BRDC Formula 4 champion and has multiple wins in Formula 2, including two in 2020.

Announced in August, Rast joins the team after earning two podium finishes and six top-fives in 22 career Formula E starts for Audi Sport ABT before returning to the DTM Series last year. Rast’s best finish in Formula E came in the Puebla E Prix when he finished second to teammate Lucas di Grassi by less than a half second.

McLaren’s commitment to Formula E comes one year after they entered the Extreme E rally series in 2022 with Tanner Foust and Emma Gilmour in the driver lineup. After a modest start to the season, the McLaren XE drivers crossed the finish line first in Round 4 in Chile, but were assessed a time penalty that dropped them to fifth. Last week in the season finale in Uruguay, they held onto a hard-earned second place finish.