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Pirelli confirms tire selections for Bahrain, Russian rounds

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It’s not Tuesday – the day Pirelli’s tire selections or team selections for upcoming Grands Prix are normally revealed – but today marks another day where Pirelli has revealed the compounds of new 2017 tires it will bring to two more races.

At the Bahrain Grand Prix from April 14-16, the medium, soft and supersoft compounds will be on offer. Meanwhile at the Russian Grand Prix from April 28-30, Pirelli will bring the soft, supersoft and ultrasoft.

The Australian and Chinese Grands Prix selections were revealed in December.

Here’s a breakdown of selections so far:

Hard Medium Soft Supersoft Ultrasoft
Australian Soft Supersoft Ultrasoft
Chinese Medium Soft Supersoft
Bahrain Medium Soft Supersoft
Russian Soft Supersoft Ultrasoft

Pagenaud leads no-tow times in Sunday practice

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Sunday practice ahead of Day 2 of qualifying for the 102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500 was split into two groups – one for the drivers who ended Saturday qualifying in positions 10-33, and one for the drivers who made the Fast Nine Shootout for the Pole.

In the combined times, Ryan Hunter-Reay was fastest overall. But, Simon Pagenaud topped the all-important no-tow speeds with a lap of 229.409 mph.

Pagenaud’s Team Penske teammates Helio Castroneves, Josef Newgarden, and Will Power were second, third, and fourth on the no-tow chart – and they were also the only four drivers from the Top 9 who went out for practice.

Of the drivers who qualifying between positions 10 through 33, Alexander Rossi had the quickest no-tow speed of 227.779 mph.

Combined results are below. Qualifying begins at 2:30 p.m. ET.

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