Pirelli super-soft tyre, Hockenheimring, 2014

Pirelli says it can hit 2017 lap time target with more testing

F1 Fanatic Round-upPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

In the round-up: Pirelli counters claims its tyres will not be able to make F1 cars five seconds per lap faster in 2017.

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A big thumbs-up for McLaren’s move to hire Jost Capito from Volkswagen:

Very nice catch, I first heard of him after Volkswagen announced they were joining the World Rally Championship, and I saw an interview where he was very passionate but also level headed about the venture. They then went on to utterly wipe the floor with the competition.

I think McLaren probably need a bit of outside influence at this point to get the enthusiasm levels up, and I can’t think of a better appointment.

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On this day in F1

Happy birthday to former F1 driver David Kennedy who is 63 today. He made seven attempts to qualify for F1 races in 1980 with Shadow but never made the cut. He did make it onto the grid for the 1980 Spanish Grand Prix, but the race was stripped of its championship status.