Formula One tyre supplier Pirelli are predicting a possible three-stop strategy for the Malaysian Grand Prix this weekend after track temperatures soared to around 60 degrees Celsius in the first two free practice sessions on Friday.
The takeover of tyre maker Pirelli by a Chinese firm sparked feelings of bitterness and resignation in Italy on Monday, as the cash-strapped country prepared to relinquish an iconic part of its industrial heritage.
Financially troubled Caterham Formula 1 Team, currently under administration but back in the grid for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix after raising 1.8million pounds from crowdfunding, has thanked all contributors for their assistance in a statement Thursday.
Pirelli plan to be Formula One`s sole tyre supplier for the next five years but a new contract with the governing FIA has yet to be signed, the Italian company`s motorsport director Paul Hembery said on Friday.
Less than three weeks after the spectacular exploding tyre failures seen at the British Grand Prix led to calls for a drivers` strike, the same men this week praised Pirelli for their latest racing rubber.
Formula One ace Lewis Hamilton and his Mercedes team has reportedly been cleared to race at next week`s British Grand Prix as the Brackley-based team escaped a ban from the sport over the secret Pirelli tyre test controversy.