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  • David Phillips
    Editor And Chief
    David Phillips is a long-time contributor to print and electronic publications in the U.S. and abroad, including Racer, Autosport, AutoWeek, Motor Sport and SPEEDtv.com, oversees the daily updating of news stories and assigns, edits and contributes feature material for inRacingNews.com.
  • Wil Vincent
    Contributing writer

    Wil is a 25 year old student, town planner, and sim racing commentator, most well known for his work as the lead commentator for GlacierTV. Wil got into commentating through his college student radio, where he also worked as a journalist and interviewer, covering gigs and festivals within the UK, and joined GlacierTV in February 2012, becoming lead commentator a month later. His work culminated in him commentating on the 2013 iRacing.com World Championship Grand Prix Series, iRacing Indy 500, and iRacing All Star Race. When he gets in the virtual cockpit, you'll normally see will taking on the thrill of IndyCar Oval racing, or trying his hand in GT action

    Outside of iRacing, Wil's an avid IndyCar fan, having watched the sport since the late 1990s, and always looks forward to the Month of May. He also enjoys watching NASCAR, Formula 1, and V8 Supercars.

  • Jeff Jacobs
    Contributor

    Jeff Jacobs started autocrossing with the SCCA in 1990 while a student at the University of Florida. He has competed in the SCCA's National Tour and ProSolo series since 1995, winning a ProSolo National Championship in H-Stock in 2011 driving a 2010 MINI Cooper. Jeff completed his SCCA Club Racing drivers' school in 2012 at Roebling Road in a Spec Miata. He currently writes a column for the SCCA's Northeast Division in SportsCar Magazine and is the Region Executive of the Philadelphia Region SCCA.

    Jeff joined iRacing in October 2012. After starting with the MX-5 and SRF cars, he has been concentrating on the Ford Mustang FR500S, competing in the iRacing.com Mustang Cup series and the Continental Endurance Sports Car Series.

  • Cam Stark
    contributing writer

    I began taking sim racing seriously about a year ago, but have loved motorsports from a young age. I began following Formula One first, then realized there are a huge variety of motorsports to watch. iRacing has opened my eyes even more to the diversity and volume of “real world” motorsports, let alone on the sim itself. With the huge varieties of series to choose from, you're spoiled for choice!

    Ever since I began iRacing, I wanted to improve on my ability, be it road or oval. Having not really heard about oval racing prior to November last year (blame the UK press), my mentality towards it has totally changed from what it would have initially been - it's awesome! I recently began road racing again - in the Star Mazda - and have been having a blast ever since. On top of racing the series I have the privilege of writing the articles for iRacing News.

    In all honesty I have surprised myself on iRacing. From being a fairly casual gamer/racer, it's been a world of difference, but it has far exceeded my expectations. I had a very brief stint driving in rFactor leagues, but I found my place of sim racing on this service, and I can't see myself stopping anytime soon.

  • Justin Sutton
    series contributor

    Justin is 29 and lives in Texas with his girlfriend and three dogs. Although always a fan of road racing growing up, Sutton never got the chance to participate in Sim-Racing until 2012 and didn't join iRacing until 2013. The son of a writer, and former resident of Connecticut and Philadelphia, his interests vary. Currently Sutton is a co-owner of YouTube channel focused on racing games and simulators and more specifically Formula One along with his partner Mikko from Finland (BoxBoxBoxGaming). Currently Sutton writes the Skip Barber F2000 and Lotus 49 articles (and the occasional F1 article) for iRacing News, and doesn't get nearly enough time to race the cars he writes about.

    Gaming is a big part of Sutton's life as well as he is both viewer and broadcaster on Twitch along with his girlfriend of seven years. In addition to being an aspiring writer he is a skilled speaker with a focus on commentary of races and hopes one day to do commentary for road racing of some kind.

  • Matt Holden
    Contributor

    Matt Holden began his involvement in motorsports at an early age, moving to Charlotte, NC when he was 6 months old. Growing up next door to a NASCAR TV personality, racing has always been a major part of his life. Currently studying Mechanical Engineering at UNC Charlotte, Matt works for US Legend Cars International as a technical inspector and race official at local tracks such as Charlotte Motor Speedway and Concord Speedway. Within iRacing, Matt is the Crew Chief for Gale Force Racing's #05 car in the NASCAR Peak Antifreeze Series, as well as Chassis Engineer for the team's R&D program.

  • Paul Slavonik
    iRacingNews Series Writer

    For all intents and purposes, Paul Slavonik was a late-bloomer to racing. Growing up watching NASCAR drivers such as Davey Allison and Earnhardt Sr. was the furthest extent of Paul’s racing aspirations at the time. Fast forwarding 20 years, Paul began watching the UK show Top Gear and thus ensued a fascination with all things fast. Soon after, Paul stumbled upon iRacing.com and has been hooked on racing ever since.
    A United States Army Veteran, Certified Audio Engineer and aspiring author, Paul spends his time hanging out with his wife and working on his first book. Currently residing in Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW), TX, his favorite racing series is the Australian V8 Supercars (go FPR!) and he has recently joined a local ChumpCar racing team. Paul began writing news stories for iRacingNews in January of 2014 and currently covers the GT3 Challenge Series and the V8 Supercars Series.

  • Thiago Izequiel
    Contributor

    Born in 1985 in the city of Rio de Janeiro, Thiago Izequiel is a graphic and web designer, go kart racer, aiming to get a career in motorsports. He started racing in 2007 and joined iRacing in 2010. Thiago lives in Maricá, a little town located in Rio de Janeiro state, around 60km far away from Rio de Janeiro city. In 2014 he started to write for iRacing News and also started to design layouts for racing cars.

    Working as a freelancer today, he started working as a designer in 2006. After a few years working in web design agencies, Thiago decided to follow his dreams and quit his job to work with a racing driver named Suzane Carvalho in 2011, on her driver's school. Things didn't worked out as expected and Thiago, after getting jobs as a front-end developer and social media content developer, went back to the dream path as a freelancer so he could have more time to focus on his driving career.

  • David Moulthrop
    NASCAR Contributor

    David Moulthrop is an award winning motorsports photo journalist and has covered auto racing since the mid-seventies. While he is most well known for his NASCARimages he has also covered F1, American Road Racing, and IndyCar on a regular basis. He has been published in numerous magazines, newspapers and online news sites including, National Speed Sport News, Area Auto Racing News, Auto Racing USA, Stock Car Magazine, Sprint Cup Dateline, and Jayski. David joined the iRacing team in 2004 as a contract photographer and became iRacing's Laser Scan Project Manager in 2005.

  • Jack Davidson
    Staff Videographer

    Jack is a recent grad from Boston University with a passion for filmmaking as well as racing. He grew up playing games such as the Need For Speed series, Gran Turismo, and more recently, the GRID and DIRT franchises.

  • Jason Lofing
    iRacing.com Series Writer
    Jason is 21 years old and was born and raised in Elk Grove. California. A big time NASCAR fan, he hasn’t missed a race on Sunday in years. Lofing is also a huge San Fransisco Giants fan and tries to take in at least a couple games a year. Other than sim racing, his biggest (and far more expensive!) hobby is photography. Although he is rather new to sim racing, Lofing has already accomplished some pretty impressive results, qualifying for the 2011 iRacing Oval Pro Series in Season 1, 2011, winning the inaugural Landon Cassill Qualifying Challenge and finishing runner-up in the second one.
  • Katier Scott
    Contributing Writer
    I am a veteran sim racer who first started racing way back in 1993 on the SPRTSIMS section of Compuserve with a league who can trace themselves all the way to the present. Within that league I act as Chief Steward and try to bring the unique viewpoint that this experience gives me into my articles.
    I have a BA (Hons) in Journalism and Editorial design and have been writing for seven years and currently cover the Lotus 79 CTC and Radical series alongside my freelance work. Living in the UK, as well as motorsports I love Photography, Arts and Crafts and reading.
  • David Ifeguni
    Contributing Writer
    I was born in New Haven, Connecticut in 1988 and moved to Midland, Michigan when I was two years old. I stayed there until third grade when I moved to Farmington Hills, Michigan and now I currently live in Naperville, IL where I'm attending Metea Valley High School as a 9th grader. In the past, I have participated in soccer and this year I plan on joining swimming or water polo. My family includes my 15 year old sister, a 7 year old sister and my mom and dad. I have been writing since 6th grade and have participated in many writing contests in my school and have received several awards for writing.
    My fascination for motorsports began when I was nine. The first NASCAR race I watched on TV was the 2009 Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Infineon Raceway, won by Kasey Kahne. My favorite NASCAR drivers are Kyle Busch, Dale Earnhardt Jr, and Jimmie Johnson. I have watched all the races in the NASCAR Sprint Cup, Nationwide and Camping World Truck Series since 2010. I currently have three wins on iRacing, two of them in the Nationwide car at Daytona and one in the Street stocks at Charlotte. My favorite car and type of track on iRacing is the Nationwide Series (B Class) car and superspeedways.

Newman’s points penalty reduced

April 16th, 2015

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NASCAR has upheld the penalties issued to Richard Childress Racing for tyre tampering on Ryan Newman’s car at Fontana last month, although some have been reduced in severity. A three-member appeal panel agreed with NASCAR’s finding that the tyres on Newman’s car had been tampered with, however Newman’s points reduction was cut from 75 to 50, and crew chief Luke Lambert’s fine reduced from $125,000 to $75,000. The six-race suspensions that were issued to Lambert and other crew members remain unchanged. “I’m thankful today to have had the opportunity to present our facts to the appeals panel and I appreciate their consideration of those facts to reduce the fine and reduce the points penalty,” said Lambert in a statement issued by the team. “However, I am disappointed in the decision [...]

Rydell too ill to race in Marrakech

April 16th, 2015

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World Touring Car Championship returnee Rickard Rydell will miss the second round of the season in Marrakech this weekend due to illness. Rydell, who is racing in the series full-time this year for the first time since 2009, intended to race despite suffering from a high fever this week, but he has now pulled out of the weekend’s races due to his condition worsening. “I’ve had a persisting fever for the last few days, but it was always manageable,” said the Swede. “Unfortunately, however, things took a turn for the worse today and the fever increased. “It’s very frustrating, but driving the car in this condition would have been highly dangerous and simply isn’t an option. “Now I will liaise with my doctors in order to recover as quickly as [...]

Thursday press conference – Bahrain

April 16th, 2015

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DRIVERS – Sergio PEREZ (Force India), Max VERSTAPPEN (Toro Rosso), Will STEVENS (Manor), Pastor MALDONADO (Lotus), Lewis HAMILTON (Mercedes), Daniel RICCIARDO (Red Bull Racing) PRESS CONFERENCE Lewis, you’re coming off the back of three straight poles to a circuit where you’ve never been in on pole position before in your career. How do you see this weekend and the battleground that is qualifying on Saturday? Lewis HAMILTON: The same as every race. Excited for it. The team have worked very hard to try to learn from the last race and improve. Naturally, for me, as you suggested, I’ve been on the front row but I’ve not been on pole here. So naturally that’s something I want to try to change. Now throughout Formula One history the psychological battle between title [...]

Riley Viper lands Le Mans entry

April 16th, 2015

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The Riley Motorsports Dodge Viper squad will contest the Le Mans 24 Hours after the withdrawal of one of the two Team SARD Morand Morgans. The GTE Am class Dodge SRT Viper GTS-R has moved up from its position as first reserve for the blue-riband round of the World Endurance Championship on June 13/14. The Riley Viper, one of the cars with which it mounted a successful assault on the GT Le Mans class of last year’s Tudor United SportsCar Championship, will be driven by Jeroen Bleekemolon and Ben Keating. Team boss Bill Riley, who had already confirmed his intention to participate in the Le Mans test day on May 31, told AUTOSPORT: “This is great news and particularly timely because we are just packing up the car and the [...]

Wehrlein ends DTM test on top

April 16th, 2015

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Mercedes ended DTM pre-season testing on a strong note, with Pascal Wehrlein topping the final day of running at Oschersleben. The Mercedes Formula 1 reserve driver led the way in the morning, despite a red flag-inducing spin, with a lap of 1m19.952s. That put the 20-year-old, who was eighth in the 2014 standings, just 0.045 seconds clear of BMW’s Augusto Farfus when the field stopped for lunch. Having topped the first two days of running with Marco Wittmann and Tom Blomqvist, BMW dominated Thursday afternoon but Wehrlein’s lap remained the best of the day. “Today was good, and we were able to get in plenty of driving,” he said. “I posted 144 laps to set the fastest time, ending this test week very positively.” Third in the morning, reigning champion [...]

Honda progress unlikely in Bahrain

April 16th, 2015

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McLaren driver Jenson Button does not expect Honda to make a big step in performance with its Formula 1 engine for this weekend’s Bahrain Grand Prix. The British team got both cars to the finish last time out at Shanghai, but 2009 world champion Button believes the demands of the Sakhir circuit will prevent Honda from being able to push its engine much harder this weekend. “It was a big deal for Honda to finish with both cars,” Button said in Bahrain on Thursday. “We’re obviously pushing the engine a lot more than we were in Melbourne so it’s very positive. “But I don’t think you’ll see a big step forward in terms of outright power here. “It’s a very difficult race for everyone because of the long straights, the [...]

Mann joins Dale Coyne Racing for Indy

April 16th, 2015

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Pippa Mann will return to the Indianapolis 500 field this year after securing a deal to drive a Dale Coyne Racing entry. It will be the 31-year-old Brit’s fourth appearance at Indy, and third with DCR. She has not competed since last year’s 500, when she qualified a career-high 22nd and was classified 24th. Mann, who will line up alongside DCR full-timers Carlos Huertas and Francesco Dracone, has a best Indy 500 race result of 20th, recorded on her debut in 2011. “The last time I strapped into a race car may have been last May, but I feel very fortunate to have had such strong support from the Dale Coyne Racing team and from team owner Dale Coyne over the past 12 months,” she said. Mann’s ride will again [...]

Raikkonen: Ferrari vibe best ever

April 16th, 2015

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Kimi Raikkonen says the current Ferrari team environment is the best he has experienced in Formula 1. Raikkonen is in his second stint with Ferrari, which he joined from McLaren in 2007 for an initial three-year stint, before returning in 2014 after spells in the World Rally Championship and back in F1 with Lotus. Ferrari has recently undergone a major restructuring headlined by the arrival of Maurizio Arrivabene, a change that Raikkonen feels is working extremely well. “I must say, in the past when I was here at Ferrari they were good times and it was a good atmosphere,” he said. “But this year is the best that I have had in any team; how the team works together, how people work together, how the atmosphere is and how things [...]

Rosberg says he ‘would do it again’

April 16th, 2015

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Nico Rosberg says he would speak out again after a Formula 1 race like he did at the Chinese Grand Prix if he felt there was an issue that needed to be discussed. The Mercedes driver caused a stir following Sunday’s race at the Shanghai circuit when he called team-mate Lewis Hamilton’s race tactics into question, which led to a meeting with team management that evening to clear the air between the drivers. How should Mercedes handle Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg? Rosberg backed Hamilton’s claim that the matter has been resolved, but he told the media on Thursday that he feels he was right to bring it up in the first place. “I felt the need to state the facts because there was the need to discuss things, definitely, [...]

Ecclestone calls for 1000bhp V8s

April 16th, 2015

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Formula 1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone has renewed calls for a return to V8 engines, claiming it is “urgently” needed and that they could be boosted to 1000bhp. Ecclestone has long been sceptical about the benefits of the new hybrid V6 turbo regulations, and has often spoken out against the noise the new power units make. Amid ongoing concerns about declining audiences, Ecclestone believes a quick fix to F1′s problems would be to introduce revised V8s that produce 1000bhp. DIETER RENCKEN on engine formulas and hidden agendas “We need to go back to engines whose costs are more reasonable, and we need to intervene with maximum urgency,” Ecclestone said in an interview with Gazzetta dello Sport. When it was suggested that it would be wrong to change engine rules so soon [...]

Red Bull struggling with car set-up

April 16th, 2015

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Daniel Ricciardo has admitted that he and Red Bull Formula 1 team-mate Daniil Kvyat are still struggling to find a set-up they are comfortable with on the team’s 2015 car. Red Bull has only managed one top-six finish from the first three grands prix of the season and it sits behind Sauber in fifth in the constructors’ championship, just a point ahead of sister team Toro Rosso. Much of the focus so far has been on the disappointing performance of the Renault engine but Ricciardo said getting the Red Bull’s handling to his liking was also a problem. How Red Bull-Renault could learn from McLaren-Honda “I believe there is definitely more in the car,” he said. “In terms of set-up, I don’t think myself or Daniil have found a setting [...]

Massa: ‘As good as 2008′ claims accurate

April 16th, 2015

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Felipe Massa has backed his former Ferrari engineer Rob Smedley’s claim that the Brazilian is driving as well in Formula 1 this year as he did in 2008. Smedley, who like Massa moved to Williams for the 2014 season, recently said that Massa’s driving is “definitely as good as 2008″, and Massa believes that the only difference between now and then is the quality of his machinery. When asked in Bahrain on Thursday if he feels the same way about his driving as Smedley does, Massa said: “Yes I do. “The only thing you can say [is different] is we are not fighting for the championship like we were in 2008. “We had maybe the top car in 2008, and now we are the third team. “But I feel really [...]

Wrathall returns but not in BTCC

April 16th, 2015

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British Touring Car race winner Frank Wrathall will return to competition this season, but a BTCC comeback is not a target. Wrathall won the 2012 BTCC Brands Hatch finale in his family-run Dynojet Toyota Avensis before finishing 16th in the standings the following season. He then served time in prison for his involvement in a fatal road traffic accident. Although he is now planning a race return, Wrathall believes a BTCC comeback for him or the family squad is unlikely “As a team we sold up absolutely everything, so coming back to the BTCC as a team is not going to happen,” said the 28-year-old. “I went a lot further and did a lot better than I thought in the BTCC, though I still think I’d have a lot to [...]

Second Infiniti to race at Donington

April 16th, 2015

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Infiniti’s second British Touring Car Championship challenger has been completed in time for the Donington Park round this weekend. Richard Hawken will make his series debut in the second Support our Paras Racing Q50, having been forced to miss the opening round at Brands Hatch due to a parts problem. Hawken’s team-mate Derek Palmer Jr gave the Japanese marque its BTCC debut in the lone Q50, which itself had only been completed the week before the race. Whereas Palmer was at least able to complete a shakedown and short performance runs at the team’s Mallory Park base prior to Brands, Hawken’s first run in the car will be in first practice on Saturday. “It absolutely is,” Hawken told AUTOSPORT when asked if the second car was ready to race at [...]

How should Mercedes handle drivers?

April 16th, 2015

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Nico Rosberg’s complaints about Mercedes Formula 1 team-mate Lewis Hamilton’s Chinese Grand Prix put the spotlight back on the pair’s rivalry and their team’s handling of it. As F1 regroups in Bahrain on Thursday ahead of this weekend’s Sakhir, our team in the paddock give their take on the Shanghai row and its implications. 1) Was Rosberg right to complain about Hamilton’s race tactics in China? EDD STRAW (@eddstrawf1): That depends on your definition of right. Hamilton was ahead and what he does in terms of pace was his prerogative. But it’s clear Rosberg is keen to fan the glowing embers of the rivalry with Hamilton after a series of defeats, so from that perspective he clearly believes himself to be right to do it. In Hamilton’s position in that [...]

Budget not behind new Hyundai’s delay

April 16th, 2015

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Hyundai team principal Michel Nandan has denied that the decision to delay the arrival of its new i20 World Rally Championship challenger is budget-related, and says it will be ready to win from the outset. There had been speculation that cashflow restrictions were at the bottom of the Frankfurt-based squad’s decision to deliver its new car in 2016, rather than this season. One source close to the team said: “I don’t think there’s any doubt about the budget being in place and the scale of the budget, but there has been some talk about the way and the speed the cash is flowing from Korea to the team in Germany.” Nandan emphatically denied such suggestions. “This decision is in no way related to the team’s budgetary situation and relates exclusively [...]

Tincknell gets Jota seat for Spa WEC

April 16th, 2015

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Nissan factory driver Harry Tincknell has been called up by the Jota Sport LMP2 squad to race in next month’s Spa round of the World Endurance Championship. The Briton, who is competing in the European Le Mans Series with Jota, will race the squad’s Gibson-Nissan 015S alongside regular team-mate Simon Dolan and GP2 driver and sportscar newcomer Mitch Evans. Tincknell said: “I’m delighted to be called up for Spa and obviously have good memories after finishing second in my first race at world championship level last year. “I also believe the new Gibson update will suit Spa very well.” The move follows Tincknell’s return to Jota for the ELMS following the collapse of ex-Formula Renault 3.5 and GP3 racer Nick Yelloly’s deal to join the team for the five-race series. [...]

Hunter-Reay penalised for NOLA crash

April 15th, 2015

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Ryan Hunter-Reay has been docked points and placed on probation after IndyCar officials determined that the Andretti Autosport driver was responsible for the three-car accident that ended his race last weekend at NOLA. Hunter-Reay was fined three points in the drivers’ championship and placed on probation for three races for his part in the crash, which was triggered when Simon Pagenaud was forced onto the grass while trying to run to Hunter-Reay’s outside and spun back across the track. Both drivers were eliminated, along with Sebastien Bourdais. The punishment was one of a raft of sanctions handed down by series officials in the wake of the NOLA race. Dale Coyne Racing rookie Francesco Dracone was fined $10,000 and placed on probation for six races for breaching Rule 7.10.1.8 (contact with [...]

Blomqvist keeps BMW on top on day two

April 15th, 2015

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Rookie Tom Blomqvist kept BMW on top in the second day of the DTM’s final pre-season test at Oschersleben, leading fellow Brit Gary Paffett. After reigning champion Marco Wittmann led Tuesday’s first day of running, Blomqvist was fastest on Wednesday with a 1m20.216s lap set in the afternoon. In a strong day, the F3 graduate was also second in the morning, his 1m20.431s just over a tenth behind pacesetter Paffett in the ART-run Mercedes. While he didn’t improve in the afternoon and was fifth for the session, Paffett’s 1m20.309s remained the second-fastest of the day, while Mattias Ekstrom was third for Audi, ensuring each manufacturer was represented in the top three. “We basically had a great test,” two-time DTM champion Ekstrom said. “The conditions were good and we tried a [...]

Williams must ‘understand’ soft tyre

April 15th, 2015

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Williams needs to understand why it has struggled to make Formula 1′s soft tyre work if it is to challenge Mercedes and Ferrari, says performance chief Rob Smedley. Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas finished fifth and sixth for Williams in last weekend’s Chinese Grand Prix, unable to keep pace with race winner Lewis Hamilton, his Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg or the two Ferraris. Drivers say Williams is getting cut adrift in third While both Mercedes and Ferrari ran Pirelli’s soft option for a second successive stint in the race, Williams was unable to do so because its data showed it could not make the compound last long enough. As a result, Williams was forced to use the slower medium tyre for the longer middle stint, which is where Massa and [...]