ERJ Round-up: Racing Rubber
ERJ staff report (TP)
Weekly round-up from the world of racing – reports on Pirelli ... Cooper
Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton claimed his 27th career victory at the British Grand Prix on 6 July – using a two-stop strategy in a duel against his team mate Nico Rosberg, where strategy was key. Hamilton used the Pirelli P Zero White and P Zero Orange tires, and seven out of the top 10 stopped just once on a very demanding circuit for tires. Teams will also remain at Silverstone for an in-season test on 9 July. Lotus will test 18-inch tires as part of an experiment by Pirelli. Following discussions about a change of tire size for 2017, Pirelli has agreed to run a trial with the larger wheel and tire size. The test will show whether or not the look of the new tires is an improvement over the current 13-inch tires that have been used in recent years.
Latvian Reinis Nitiss continues to spearhead the 2014 FIA World Rallycross Championship, running on Cooper tires, having extending his lead in the driver standings in Finland. Nitiss is currently 14 points ahead of his Ford Olsbergs MSE team-mate Andreas Bakkerud heading into the Volkswagen World RX of Sweden. In Höljes, which is located 193 km north of the Swedish city of Karlstad, it has been confirmed that 40 Supercars will be wheel to wheel in front of 30,000 rallycross fans, coming from all over Europe.
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