Pirelli has announced that it will take its medium, soft and super-soft compound tires to Budapest for July’s Hungarian Grand Prix.
Following the introduction of a new rule that requires teams to make their tire selections for races well in advance after the rise from two to three compounds per race for 2016, Pirelli has been announcing its picks very early in 2016.
We may only be five races into the new Formula 1 season, but we now have tire selections all the way up to round 11 on July 24.
In a short statement issued on Thursday, Pirelli confirmed that teams would have the choice of medium, soft and super-soft tires in Hungary.
The selection is a somewhat curious one given the lack of degradation at the Hungaroring that could have permitted the use of the ultra-soft tire, new to Pirelli’s range for 2016.
The purple-ringed compound will make its debut next weekend in Monaco, and is set for further run-outs in Canada and Austria where grip levels are low.
By introducing a third compound for 2016, Pirelli has opened up a far greater choice for teams in terms of race strategy which has resulted in some fascinating races so far this season.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Two-time defending NHRA Top Fuel champion Steve Torrence took the points lead Sunday in the AMALIE Motor Oil Gatornationals, beating his father, Billy, in the final round at Gainesville Raceway.
Torrence had a 3.809-second run at 322.11 mph to win for the third time this year and 39th overall. He is now on track for another championship despite missing the season opener.
“We’ve got some good momentum and to be in the points lead, it’s a testament to how hard these guys work,” Steve Torrence said after the NHRA Gainesville victory. “We’ve just got to stay focused and concentrate on what the task at hand is, and that’s trying to win a championship. These guys give me an unbelievable race car and you just try not to screw it up.”
Ron Capps won in Funny Car, Alex Laughlin in Pro Stock and Matt Smith in Pro Stock Motorcycle.
Capps raced to his second win this year and 66th overall, beating Tim Wilkerson with a 3.937 at 323.12 in a Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat.
Laughlin topped Aaron Stanfield with a 7.068 at 204.76 in a Chevrolet Camaro for his first win this season and fourth in his career. Smith rode to his first victory in 2020 and 25th overall, topping Andrew Hines with a 6.843 at 196.99 on an EBR.