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Teams go heavy on Pirelli ultrasoft tire sets for Monaco

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Pirelli’s ultrasoft tire compound – its newest and softest compound in its line of five dry weather compounds – will get a workout at the Monaco Grand Prix for its race debut weekend.

Of the 11 teams, 10 of them have selected at least seven sets of ultrasofts to be put into use at Monaco of the 13 available total sets for the weekend.

Five drivers – the Mercedes AMG Petronas pair of Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton, Red Bull Racing’s Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo and Renault Sport F1 Team’s Kevin Magnussen – have gone for a full 10 sets of ultrasofts to be used in Monaco.

A further five drivers – both sets of Scuderia Ferrari and Haas F1 Team drivers and Magnussen’s Renault teammate Jolyon Palmer – have gone for nine sets.

Supersoft, the medium compound for this race, run anywhere from two to four sets (except for Manor, who have five supersoft and six ultrasoft sets picked out) while most teams are just picking one set of softs, the hardest compound.

This should set up a race of at least two and possibly three pit stops at a track that in recent years has only produced a one-stop race. What will be interesting to see is how many laps the ultrasoft compound will last before it needs to get changed.

The full breakdown infographic via Pirelli is below.


Andretti Autosport picks James Hinchcliffe for last 3 races of season

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James Hinchcliffe will finish the NTT IndyCar Series season for Andretti Autosport, replacing Zach Veach in the No. 26 Dallara-Honda.

The team made the announcement Friday afternoon that Hinchcliffe will return after racing for Andretti at Texas Motor Speedway, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course and the Indianapolis 500.

Hinchcliffe, who also has worked as an IndyCar on NBC analyst and pit reporter, will race in the Oct. 2-3 doubleheader race weekend at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course and the Oct. 25 season finale at St. Petersburg, Florida.

“It’s always unfortunate to have to change drivers this far into a season, but we have to look at finishing the year the best we can for the 26 team and start evaluating and looking at options for 2021,” team owner Michael Andretti said in a release. “James has an existing relationship with our team that we’d love to build on and it makes the most sense for him to step in for these last three races. We are looking forward to seeing what he can do.”

Hinchcliffe has a season-best finish of seventh in the Indy 500. He had been working on trying to put together a deal for next season after scrambling to secure a partial schedule this year when he lost his ride at Arrow McLaren SP after 2020 with a year left on his deal.

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“I know, probably better than most, what Zach is feeling right now, and I have to say that he has handled everything about as class act as you can,” Hinchcliffe said. “I’ve known Zach as a teammate, before that as a colleague and even before that as a friend, and he is a guy that I respect in every way. I know he is a fighter and will fight back to where he wants to be.

“For me now, my focus is 100% on racing the Harvest GP and getting the best possible results for Gainbridge, for Honda, for Michael and for the team. I obviously haven’t been on a road course in a while, but at least the last time I was, it was here at IMS! Hopefully that puts us in a good position to go out there and have a strong weekend.”