A rumor rated as 'speculation' is one that has no supporting information
A rumor rated as 'strong' is one where we received information from more than one source.
A rumor rated as 'fact' is one that has proven to be true
A rumor rated as 'false' is one that has proven to be false based on new information
These rumors are just that, RUMORS, and are not to be taken as 'fact'
unless so noted. Please visit our Hot News page for news. If you have a rumor, or can supply
more information about one listed here,
e-mail us with as
much supporting information as possible and we may post it. User Agreement and Disclaimer.
Newer rumors supersede older ones of the same topic. Go to our
discuss any rumor.
Pirelli to supply hard tire at first races (GMM) Based on the first two tests of the 2011 group pre-season, new official supplier Pirelli has already decided upon which tire compounds to take to the first four grands prix of 2011.
Auto Motor und Sport said that amid complaints of severe degradation at Valencia and Jerez, no driver managed more than a 15-lap run on the compounds supplied to teams last week.
"For the first four races Pirelli will therefore go on the safe side," read the German report.
With a compound 'gap' to be left between the race selections again in 2011, that safe option is therefore the hard and soft compounds.
The compound between the hard and soft - the medium - reportedly loses a full second of pace after one lap and then remains quite consistent for the next ten laps.
"Then you have to change them," confirmed reigning world champion Sebastian Vettel. "If you go further, you would lose too much time."
And it is believed that GP2 graduates Pastor Maldonado and Sergio Perez both crashed at Jerez last week because they were surprised with the behavior of new Pirellis.
"A fresh set of tires no longer feels like a fresh set of tires," said veteran Rubens Barrichello. "In the fast corners the rear suddenly loses grip without notice if you overdo it. Suddenly you lose the rear.
"This could cause problems for inexperienced drivers," added the Brazilian.
Copyright 1999-2016 | AutoRacing1 is an
independent internet online publication and is not affiliated with, sponsored by, or endorsed
by IndyCar, NASCAR, FIA, Sprint, or any other series sponsor.
This material may not be published, broadcast, or redistributed without