Pirelli confirms tire nominations for next four races

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Pirelli has confirmed its tire allocations for the next four Formula 1 grands prix, including the first race in Austria since 2003.

The Italian tire manufacturer became the sole supplier for the sport back in 2011, and was given the tender of spicing up the racing and eradicating one-stop races which had become commonplace with Bridgestone back in 2010. Despite some ups and downs, its presence in the sport has been largely positive.

It has now confirmed which tires will be used for the races in Austria, Great Britain, Germany and Hungary.

  • Austria – super-soft (option); soft (prime)
  • Great Britain – medium (option); hard (prime)
  • Germany – super-soft (option); soft (prime)
  • Hungary – soft (option); medium (prime)

These selections are hardly surprising given the nature of the upcoming tracks, but with the quickest tires available, it should make for some great racing and open up a variety of strategies.

Pirelli will be hoping that its selection for the British Grand Prix at Silverstone will prevent a repeat of last year’s ‘tiregate’ scandal, which saw five drivers suffer failures and blowouts in the race.

Carb Day: Tony Kanaan is fastest in final practice for Sunday’s Indy 500

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Tony Kanaan wants to put legendary driver and team owner A.J. Foyt back into Victory Lane at the Indianapolis 500.

Kanaan took a big step toward achieving that goal in Friday’s final practice for Sunday’s 102nd running of the Greatest Spectacle In Racing.

Kanaan was fastest of the 33-driver field, with a best lap around the 2.5-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval at 227.791 mph, more than 2 mph faster than the second-fastest driver, Kanaan’s former teammate, Scott Dixon (225.684 mph).

Foyt won a record-tying four Indy 500’s as a driver. It’s been nearly 20 years since he also won as a team owner in 1999 with Kenny Brack behind the wheel.

Marco Andretti was third-fastest (225.200 mph), followed by Sebastien Bourdais (224.815), Charlie Kimball (224.712), 2017 Indy 500 winner Takuma Sato (224.083), Will Power (223.942), Danica Patrick (223.653), Spencer Pigot (223.584) and Ed Jones (223.556).

Other notable driver speeds included:

* Pole sitter Ed Carpenter was 14th fastest (223.219 mph).

* Reigning Verizon IndyCar Series champ Josef Newgarden was 15th (223.186 mph).

* Helio Castroneves, hoping to earn a record-tying fourth 500 win, was 17th (222.913 mph).

* Graham Rahal was 21st (222.526).

* Former 500 winner Ryan Hunter-Reay was 26th (221.916 mph), followed by rookie Robert Wickens (221.821 mph), carrying the mantle for Schmidt Peterson Motorsports with James Hinchcliffe having failed to qualify for the race.

* The biggest surprise was 2016 Indy 500 winner Alexander Rossi, who was 32nd fastest (221.374 mph).

We’ll have the full speed grid, as well as full driver quotes, shortly. Please check back soon.

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