Webber hits out at tire-focused single seater series

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Former Formula 1 driver Mark Webber has lashed out at the focus which single seater championships are currently placing on tire management, saying that drivers should be able to push more.

Webber last raced in F1 back in 2013 before stepping away from the sport and entering the FIA World Endurance Championship with Porsche.

F1 has become increasingly focused on tire management and conservation since the ban on refuelling back in 2010, meaning that drivers are unable to push throughout the race and must instead focus on limiting pit stops and time lost.

This trend has become apparent in other championship, with today’s GP2 feature race seeing a number of drivers lose out as a result of pushing their tires too hard early in the race.

Webber took to Twitter to make his thoughts clear, prompting widespread agreement from the racing community.

“Blood’s boiling watching most single seater categories including F1 become completely dependant on extreme tyre management,” Webber said just after the GP2 race finished. “Let drivers push.”

Ex-F1 driver Karun Chandhok agreed with the Australian’s summation, saying that the five second difference in pace between drivers on different strategies in the GP2 race was too complicated for fans watching to understand.

INDYCAR: How to watch the Bommarito 500

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The NTT IndyCar Series is racing just outside of St. Louis this weekend at World Wide Technology Raceway Gateway.

The last oval race of the season, tonight’s  Bommarito Auto Motive Group promises to bring plenty of high-speed, high-stakes racing action under the lights.

Series point leader Josef Newgarden will start tonight’s race from the pole position, with Sebastian Bourdais starting alongside him in row one.

By winning the pole, Newgarden gained an additional championship point, which extends his lead over Alexander Rossi to 36 points.

Rossi start’s tonight’s race from the 11th position after an uncharacteristically poor qualifying run for the No. 27 team, while Simon Pagenaud (third in the standings, 41 points behind) will start from the fourth position and Scott Dixon (fourth in the standings, 53 points behind) will start from eighth.

Here is today’s schedule:

(All times are Eastern)

Saturday 8/24, 4:20 p.m. ET, Indy Lights race, NBC Sports Gold 

Saturday 8/24, 8 p.m. ET, Bommarito Automotive Group 500, NBCSN and streaming live 

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