Pirelli changes tire allocation for Brazilian Grand Prix


Pirelli has reacted to concerns from the F1 community by changing its tire allocation for next month’s Brazilian Grand Prix.

The Italian tire manufacturer had originally planned to bring its two hardest compounds (medium and hard) to the race at Interlagos, as it did in 2012 and 2013.

However, following a resurfacing of the track in Brazil, Williams driver Felipe Massa believed that the more durable compounds would not provide drivers with enough grip, branding the decision “dangerous”.

“I have no idea why they chose medium and hard,” he said in Russia. “It’s completely unacceptable.”

In response to this, Pirelli confirmed today that it has changed the nominations for the race to the soft and medium tire to give the drivers more grip on the newly resurfaced track.

“We’ve always said that we would be open to any changes if they were required,” Pirelli motorsport director Paul Hembery explained.

“After further technical analysis of the impact of the revised circuit surface, together with a risk assessment suggesting a low probability of compound overheating due to extreme track temperatures, we have made this change with the unanimous agreement of all 11 teams.”

The Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace is currently undergoing redevelopment work to bring it up to the modern standards set in Formula 1, with the bulk of the work taking place next year ahead of the 2015 Brazilian Grand Prix.

2014 F1 season: Tire allocations for remaining races

  • United States GP Soft (option); Medium (prime)
  • Brazilian GP Soft (option); Medium (prime)
  • Abu Dhabi GP Super-Soft (option); Soft (prime)

Zach Veach splits with Andretti Autosport for rest of IndyCar season

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Zach Veach will be leaving his Andretti Autosport ride with three races remaining in the season, choosing to explore options after the decision was made he wouldn’t return for 2021.

In a Wednesday release, Andretti Autosport said a replacement driver for the No. 26 Dallara-Honda would be named in the coming days. The NTT IndyCar Series will race Oct. 2-3 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course and then conclude the season Oct. 25 on the streets of St. Petersburg, Florida.

Veach was ranked 11th in the points standings through 11 races of his third season with Andretti. Since a fourth in the June 6 season opener at Texas Motor Speedway, he hadn’t finished higher than 14th.

“The decision was made that I will not be returning in 2021 with Andretti Autosport in the No. 26 Gainbridge car,” Veach said in the Andretti release. “This, along with knowing that limited testing exists for teams due to COVID, have led me to the decision to step out of the car for the remainder of the 2020 IndyCar season. I am doing this to allow the team to have time with other drivers as they prepare for 2021, and so that I can also explore my own 2021 options.

“This is the hardest decision I have ever made, but to me, racing is about family, and it is my belief that you take care of your family. Andretti Autosport is my family and I feel this is what is best to help us all reach the next step. I will forever be grateful to Michael and the team for all of their support over the years. I would not be where I am today if it wasn’t for a relationship that started many years ago with Road to Indy. I will also be forever grateful to Dan Towriss for his friendship and for the opportunity he and Gainbridge have given me.

“My love for this sport and the people involved is unmeasurable, and I look forward to continuing to be amongst the racing world and fans in 2021.”

Said team owner Michael Andretti: “We first welcomed Zach to the Andretti team back in his USF2000 days and have enjoyed watching him grow and evolve as a racer, and a person. His decision to allow us to use the last few races to explore our 2021 options shows the measure of his character.

“Zach has always placed team and family first, and we’re very happy to have had him as part of ours for so many years. We wish him the best in whatever 2021 may bring and will always consider him a friend.”

Andretti fields five full-time cars for Veach, Alexander Rossi, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Marco Andretti and Colton Herta.

It also has fielded James Hinchcliffe in three races this season.