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Pirelli reveals its 2017 tire test schedule for rest of this year

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Pirelli has outlined its new 2017 tire test calendar for the remainder of the year, which will start with next week’s two-day in-season test at Silverstone (July 12 and 13).

Modified 2015 chassis from Ferrari, Red Bull and Mercedes will conduct the testing over 10 sessions that comprise 24 days of Pirelli’s new-for-2017 wider, bigger tires.

There’s four days in August, owing primarily to F1’s summer shutdown, with seven in September, five in October and eight in November. The final three-day test in Abu Dhabi in November will follow the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix and be a group test comprising all three chassis.

The full breakdown via Pirelli is linked below:

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Photo: Pirelli


Session    Date            Test Days    Circuit            Car (s)         Tyres kind
1               Aug 1-2              2            Fiorano          FER             Wets
2              Aug 3-4             2            Mugello          RBR             Slicks
3              Sep 6-7              2            Barcelona      FER              Slicks
4              Sep 6-7-8          3            Paul Ricard    MGP             Slicks
5              Sep 21-22           2            Paul Ricard    MGP             Wets
6              Oct 12-13            2            Barcelona      MGP             Slicks
7              Oct 14-15-16       3            Abu Dhabi     RBR              Slicks
8              Nov 2-3              2           Abu Dhabi      RBR             Wets
9              Nov 14-15-16      3            Abu Dhabi      FER             Slicks
10            Nov-29               3           Abu Dhabi      ALL              Final valid

And here’s the breakdown for testing the rest of this month:

12-13  July*        Silverstone        Mercedes      slicks
16      July          Fiorano             Ferrari           intermediates and full wets
18-19 July          Vallelunga         Red Bull        slicks
*during the official in-season test that is happening at the same time with all the teams.

Zach Veach splits with Andretti Autosport for rest of IndyCar season

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Zach Veach will be leaving his Andretti Autosport ride with three races remaining in the season, choosing to explore options after the decision was made he wouldn’t return for 2021.

In a Wednesday release, Andretti Autosport said a replacement driver for the No. 26 Dallara-Honda would be named in the coming days. The NTT IndyCar Series will race Oct. 2-3 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course and then conclude the season Oct. 25 on the streets of St. Petersburg, Florida.

Veach was ranked 11th in the points standings through 11 races of his third season with Andretti. Since a fourth in the June 6 season opener at Texas Motor Speedway, he hadn’t finished higher than 14th.

“The decision was made that I will not be returning in 2021 with Andretti Autosport in the No. 26 Gainbridge car,” Veach said in the Andretti release. “This, along with knowing that limited testing exists for teams due to COVID, have led me to the decision to step out of the car for the remainder of the 2020 IndyCar season. I am doing this to allow the team to have time with other drivers as they prepare for 2021, and so that I can also explore my own 2021 options.

“This is the hardest decision I have ever made, but to me, racing is about family, and it is my belief that you take care of your family. Andretti Autosport is my family and I feel this is what is best to help us all reach the next step. I will forever be grateful to Michael and the team for all of their support over the years. I would not be where I am today if it wasn’t for a relationship that started many years ago with Road to Indy. I will also be forever grateful to Dan Towriss for his friendship and for the opportunity he and Gainbridge have given me.

“My love for this sport and the people involved is unmeasurable, and I look forward to continuing to be amongst the racing world and fans in 2021.”

Said team owner Michael Andretti: “We first welcomed Zach to the Andretti team back in his USF2000 days and have enjoyed watching him grow and evolve as a racer, and a person. His decision to allow us to use the last few races to explore our 2021 options shows the measure of his character.

“Zach has always placed team and family first, and we’re very happy to have had him as part of ours for so many years. We wish him the best in whatever 2021 may bring and will always consider him a friend.”

Andretti fields five full-time cars for Veach, Alexander Rossi, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Marco Andretti and Colton Herta.

It also has fielded James Hinchcliffe in three races this season.