Pirelli confirmed as title sponsor for Spanish and Hungarian GPs

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Italian tire manufacturer Pirelli has confirmed that it will once again be the title sponsor for the Spanish Grand Prix and the Hungarian Grand Prix in the 2015 Formula 1 season.

Pirelli first took up the title sponsorship for the races in 2014, and confirmed in a statement today that it will do so once again this year as its profile in the sport continues to go from strength to strength.

“At this time, we’re pleased to announce that, as was the case last year, Pirelli will be the title sponsor of the Formula 1 Gran Premio de España in May, and the Formula 1 Magyar Nagydij 2015 in July,” Pirelli motorsport director Paul Hembery said.

During the second pre-season test in Barcelona this week, the teams have been getting to grips with the new Pirelli 2015 compounds after they were refined over the winter.

“The teams were able to work through quite a varied programme to acquaint themselves with the characteristics of the 2015 Pirelli range and match them to their new cars,” Hembery said.

“This work will continue during the next test in Barcelona, which takes place from next Thursday onwards, and is the final opportunity for the teams to prepare their cars before the first grand prix of the season.”

Lewis Hamilton receives Daytona 500 invitation from Bubba Wallace

Lewis Hamilton Bubba Wallace
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Lewis Hamilton is a fan of the new NASCAR Cup Series team formed by Denny Hamlin and Michael Jordan to field a car for Bubba Wallace.

Will the six-time Formula One champion also be a fan in person at a NASCAR race in the near future?

Wallace is hoping so.

After Hamilton tweeted his support Tuesday morning about the news of a Hamlin-Jordan-Wallace team making its debut with the 2021 season, Wallace responded with a sly invitation to the Daytona 500.

Much would need to be worked out, starting with how much garage and grandstand access would be afforded for a 2021 season opener that likely would occur during a still ongoing novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

But it would seem fitting given that Hamilton and Wallace have been two of the world’s most outspoken Black athletes about the quest for diversity and racial justice. Hamilton recently reaffirmed his commitment to activism after his donning a Breonna Taylor shirt sparked an FIA inquiry.

The idea of Hamilton attending the season opener already had legs, too. The Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 driver has expressed a desire to race the Daytona 500 after he has retired from Formula One.

He was a spectator (with racing legend Mario Andretti) at four-time champion Jeff Gordon’s final Cup race as a full-time in the 2015 season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. In 2011, Hamilton swapped cars with three-time champion Tony Stewart at Watkins Glen International.

Having rubbed shoulders with other racing greats so often, it only would be fitting if Hamilton — who is one victory from tying Michael Schumacher’s career record and also could tie the F1 record with a seventh championship this season — spent some time with the greatest basketball player of all time.

Jeff Gordon was flanked by Mario Andretti and Lewis Hamilton before the 2015 Cup season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway (Jared C. Tilton/NASCAR via Getty Images).