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Pirelli confirms tire allocation for Canadian Grand Prix

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Pirelli has confirmed its tire allocation for the Canadian Grand Prix in June where the new ultra-soft compound is poised to make its grand prix debut.

Due to the new tire regulations in place for 2016, Pirelli has been confirmed its picks for races far earlier than usual, with the allocations for Australia, Bahrain, China and Russia already published.

Despite making no announcement for rounds five or six of the season in Spain and Monaco, Pirelli has now selected the compounds available to teams for the Canadian Grand Prix on June 12.

The deadline for making a decision is earlier for flyaway races (14 weeks), hence why the choices have not yet been made for the European rounds (only required eight weeks in advance).

Due to the demands of the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal, Pirelli has elected to take its three softest compounds – soft, super-soft and ultra-soft – to Canada.

The ultra-soft tire has been added to Pirelli’s compound range for 2016 in a bid to spice up races at low wear tracks where one-stop races have become the norm.

The new tire made its on-track debut in Barcelona earlier this week, as pictured above on Sebastian Vettel’s Ferrari.

An additional headache for Pirelli is likely to come courtesy of the new qualifying format, due to now be introduced from the Spanish Grand Prix, that adds quickfire eliminations.

Quite how the tire allocation and rulings will be affected remains unclear, but nothing appears to have changed in Pirelli’s decision for the race in Canada.

Andretti United team names drivers for inaugural Extreme E season

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The Extreme E team formed by Andretti Autosport and United Autosports named Catie Munnings and Timmy Hansen as its drivers Monday for the series’ inaugural 2021 season.

Munnings is a successful veteran of rally series. Hansen is a past winner and champion in the World Rallycross Championship.

They both will race in the environmentally conscious electric SUV series that will hold events in five areas around the world that are threatened by climate change. Chip Ganassi Racing and six-time Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton also are fielding cars in Extreme E, which will feature male and female co-drivers on every team.

Catie Munnings

“I’m so excited to join Andretti United Extreme E,” Munnings said in a release. ““I was really intrigued when I first heard about Extreme E, I just knew I had to be involved. The male / female racing partnership is a fantastic and exciting new concept. The season has incredible locations and the racing will be very exciting. It will be a new challenge for the teams and drivers, and I’m so thrilled to be working with such a strong team.

“The championship is a really innovative concept, it’s combining motorsport and science and will produce an important legacy in each race location. Bringing the platform that motorsport has in line with the awareness that the planet needs right now is awesome and a really important message.”

Timmy Hansen

Said Hansen: “Going into the Extreme E will be a new chapter in my career, one that I am extremely excited about. It is something brand new, not only for me, but the whole of motorsport. The format is something

we’ve never seen before. I’m also delighted to be able to carry the message of something bigger – talking about the environment and doing something good for the world – that’s something that really drives me. It’s going to be a big adventure in life to see these locations and I’m going to do my best in carrying this responsibility and hopefully making people aware of the challenges we have in the world, together with our passion for racing.”