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Pirelli extends F1 contract through 2019

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Pirelli will remain as Formula 1’s exclusive tire manufacturer and partner for the next three years, the Italian company has confirmed on Friday.

Pirelli and F1 had been working on an extension through the winter and at Monaco, Pirelli debuted its idea of what a wider tire and substantial bodywork changes would look like.

Pirelli outlined their key strategies within a release out Friday:

  • 1. Tests with 2012, 2013 or 2014-specification cars, using tires in the current size but with prototype elements (in the constructions or compounds) to prepare for 2017.
  • 2. A total of 25 days of testing with modified 2015 cars, using prototype tires in 2017 size: 305/670-13 at the front and 405/670-13 at the rear (for slick tires).

The testing described in point one is already underway, based on an agreement with the FIA and the teams.

The second type of testing (with tires in 2017 size) will start during the summer, according to a program that has been agreed between the FIA and the participating Teams.

Pirelli took over from Bridgestone as F1’s exclusive tire partner starting in 2011, so this contract will take them up to nine years and counting. Bridgestone was only an exclusive tire partner from 2007 to 2010; prior to that, it and Michelin had been in F1’s most recent tire competition from 2001 to 2006.

Steve Torrence takes NHRA points lead with Gatornationals victory

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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.