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.

Three-time W Series champ Jamie Chadwick joining Andretti in Indy NXT Series for 2023

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Jamie Chadwick, the three-time W Series champion, will drive for Andretti Autosport in the Indy NXT Series next season.

Chadwick will make her debut in an American racing series in March, driving the No. 28 for Andretti Autosport with sponsorship from DHL. The 24-year-old will become the first female driver in 13 years to compete full time in the Indy NXT championship.

Chadwick joined the female free-to-enter W Series in its inaugural 2019 season, winning two races and the first of three consecutive championships. She has been a reserve driver for the Williams Formula One team and will continue in that role in 2023. She also has driven in the Extreme E Series.

Despite her success, Chadwick hasn’t landed a bigger ride in F3 or F2, and her break didn’t come until Michael Andretti contacted her and offered a test in an Indy NXT car.

The final three races of this year’s W Series schedule were canceled when funding fell through, but Chadwick still believes the all-female series was the right path for her.

“W Series has always been and will continue to be an opportunity to be racing for every female driver, so for my side, I looked at it while perhaps I would have liked to step up maybe earlier, at the same time being able to have that chance to race, get that experience, have that development, seat time… I was constantly learning,” Chadwick told The Associated Press.

“In that sense, I wasn’t frustrated at all. But on the flip side of it, now I’ve had that experience testing in the United States in Indy NXT and this is something I’m really excited about.”

Chadwick also is expected to have an enhanced role as a development driver next season with Williams, which chose American driver Logan Sargeant to fill its open seat on next year’s F1 grid.

“Andretti Autosport is proud to be supporting Jamie alongside DHL,” said Michael Andretti. “Jamie’s successful career speaks for itself, but Indy NXT gives Jamie the opportunity to continue her development in a new type of racing.

“We’ve turned out five Indy NXT champions over the years and look forward to continuing our role in developing new talent.”

Indy NXT is the new name of the rebranded Indy Lights Series, the final step on the ladder system before IndyCar.

Andretti will field two drivers next season in IndyCar that were developed in Indy NXT: Kyle Kirkwood, the 2021 champion, will return to Andretti after one season in IndyCar driving for A.J. Foyt Racing, and Devlin DeFrancesco is back for a second season.

Chadwick will be teammates in Indy NXT with Hunter McElrea and Louis Foster. She becomes Andretti’s second full-time female driver alongside Catie Munnings, who competes for Andretti United in the Extreme E Series.