Pirelli ditches hard tire for British GP, opts for super-softs

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Pirelli has confirmed its Formula 1 tire picks for the British Grand Prix on July 16, ditching the hard compound from its selection following driver complaints over the Spanish Grand Prix weekend.

Pirelli tweaked its five dry tire compounds to be more conservative and durable for 2017, with management and strategy proving decisive through the opening five rounds of the year.

Pirelli debuted its revised hard tire in Spain last weekend to deal with the abrasive nature of the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, only for teams to opt against using it as it was not able to offer drivers the grip or pace they required.

Silverstone is another circuit that is tough on tires, but Pirelli has responded to the feedback from drivers and decided against using the hard compound for the British Grand Prix.

Drivers will get to use the super-soft, soft and medium compounds through the race weekend. Those who make it through to Q3 must qualify on super-softs, while either the soft or medium compound must be used at least once during the race.

Here is a run-down from Pirelli of its tire selections for the season so far.

Santino Ferrucci will drive No. 14 for AJ Foyt Racing full time in 2023 IndyCar season

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Santino Ferrucci will return to full-time racing in the NTT IndyCar Series next season, joining AJ Foyt Racing.

Ferrucci had made eight IndyCar starts with three teams since his last full-time season in 2020 while also racing part time in the NASCAR Xfinity Series this year.

He will drive the storied No. 14 Dallara-Chevrolet for four-time Indy 500 winner A.J. Foyt’s team, which will field the car from its Waller, Texas headquarters.

“It’s incredibly exciting to be back in the INDYCAR Series full time,” Ferrucci said in a team release. “Being a part-time driver over the last two years has been hard for me, personally. I’m a race car driver, and I want to compete. Working with different teams has been exciting, and I’m proud that no matter which car I’ve raced, I’ve always shown speed and consistency. I couldn’t be more excited to join AJ Foyt Racing in the 14 Chevy. I can’t wait to make the best of it.”

Ferrucci, 24, had finished a career-best fourth in IndyCar four times, including the 104th Indy 500 in 2020. He was the 2019 Indy 500 rookie of the year with a sixth.

In nine Xfinity starts since 2021, Ferrucci has a career-best finish of 13th at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

“I am thrilled to welcome Santino to the team,” Larry Foyt said in a release. “He’s shown a knack for getting toward the front of the field, and I think he is a racer who moves forward on race day. A.J. sees the fire in him and has enjoyed their meetings together. I think Santino’s experience will help his rookie teammate as well, so he is a great addition to our roster.”

Ferrucci will be teamed at AJ Foyt Racing with Benjamin Pedersen, who finished fifth in the 2022 Indy Lights standings. The team has yet to specify the number for Pedersen’s entry, which will be fielded out of its Indianapolis race shop.

Foyt’s two full-time drivers last season were Dalton Kellett and Kyle Kirkwood, who is moving to Andretti Autosport.