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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.

Maiden GP2 pole for Red Bull’s Gasly

September 4th, 2015

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Red Bull junior Pierre Gasly continued on from his strong free practice form to take his maiden pole position for Saturday’s GP2 feature race at Monza. Gasly left it late in the session to deny Mitch Evans what would have been his first pole of the season by 0.152 seconds, with a time of 1m31.272s. Russian Time driver Evans led the way early despite going off at Turn 1 and della Roggia a number of times but couldn’t improve late. McLaren’s championship leader Stoffel Vandoorne ran consistently near the top but finished the session 0.206s off Gasly’s pole time, and lines up third. Williams F1 development driver Alex Lynn secured fourth ahead of Rapax’s Sergey Sirotkin and Campos Racing’s Rio Haryanto. Arthur Pic, Richie Stanaway, Sergio Canamasas and Alexander Rossi [...]

Hamilton edges Rosberg in Monza FP2

September 4th, 2015

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Lewis Hamilton again held the edge over Mercedes Formula 1 team-mate Nico Rosberg as their team remained dominant in second Italian Grand Prix practice at Monza. Although the gap from the fastest Mercedes time to best-of-the-rest Sebastian Vettel’s Ferrari in third came down from the morning’s 1.5-second gulf to a less daunting seven tenths, the champion team and its newly upgraded engine remained a class apart. Hamilton was three tenths of a second faster than Rosberg by the time they had finished their opening runs on medium tyres. It looked like the German might upstage his title rival on softs as he set a quicker pace through the lap’s first two sectors when they changed emphasis in the middle of the session. But Rosberg lost time on the run through [...]

Sainz to receive engine grid penalty

September 4th, 2015

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Carlos Sainz Jr will incur a 10-place grid penalty for this weekend’s Italian Grand Prix after his Toro Rosso Formula 1 team fitted his fifth Renault engine. The Spaniard suffered an electrical fault on the formation lap at the last race in Belgium and though he pitted and rejoined, he retired the car 11 laps from the end. Following investigations at the factory, Toro Rosso and Renault have decided to fit a new internal combustion engine (ICE) to Sainz’s car. It compounds a difficult start to the Monza weekend for Sainz, who missed an hour of running in first practice after spinning at the Parabolica. The Spaniard has suffered mechanical problems in the last four races which has seen him fail to reach the chequered flag, a run he calls [...]

Dennis leads Prema top three sweep

September 4th, 2015

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Jake Dennis edged out Nick Cassidy and Lance Stroll for a dominant Prema Powerteam 1-2-3 in European Formula 3 Championship qualifying at the Algarve round. Dennis, who topped the second practice session, set his best lap of 1m42.217s in the final five minutes to knock Stroll from a shortlived spell at the top of the timesheets. His advantage at that point was a mere 0.111 seconds, but Cassidy’s flying lap in the final minute – which displaced Stroll from second – missed out on the race one pole by an even tighter 0.061s. Cassidy had spent all but the final few minutes of the session languishing near the bottom of the order, before his late surge. His performance typified the qualifying session, with a clutch of four cars alone on [...]

Red Bull plans double engine change

September 4th, 2015

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Red Bull plans to perform a double engine change on both Daniel Ricciardo and Daniil Kvyat’s Formula 1 cars ahead of Sunday’s Italian Grand Prix. Team principal Christian Horner had already confirmed a move to a sixth internal combustion engine (ICE) for both drivers, which would mean a 10-place grid penalty for both. However, it has since emerged that Ricciardo will drop a further 15 places after fitting his fifth turbocharger, MGU-H and MGU-K. Meanwhile, Kvyat will drop an extra five places for taking a fifth turbocharger. It is now Red Bull’s intention to fit a seventh ICE to both cars after second practice at Monza, as Renault has enough power units to fulfil the request. The move will increase its pool of power units that will be free from [...]

Scheider gets World RX Audi outing

September 4th, 2015

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Two-time DTM champion Timo Scheider will make his World Rallycross Championship debut at Barcelona later this month in a Munnich Motorsport Audi S3. The Audi Sport Team Phoenix driver will deputise for Munnich team owner and driver Rene Munnich, who will miss the event to race in the TCR International Series on the Singapore Grand Prix Formula 1 support bill. Scheider becomes the second double DTM champion to race in World RX as his Audi counterpart Mattias Ekstrom drives for his own EKS team. The drive came about via Scheider’s DTM race engineer, Laurent Fedacou, who also works for the Munnich squad. “I’ve been interested all the time in what Laurent is doing there and what the development has been like,” Scheider told AUTOSPORT. “Then I got the call from [...]

Pirelli opts for small pressure rise

September 4th, 2015

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Pirelli has informed Formula 1 teams of the minimum tyre pressure and camber requirements that will be enforced at this weekend’s Italian Grand Prix. Several drivers, including world champion Lewis Hamilton, voiced concern on Thursday that a potential tyre pressure increase of 5psi was too much. The figure of 5psi appears to have been born out of a comparison between tyre pressures used at last year’s Belgian Grand Prix, which was 18psi front and rear, and the initial figure Pirelli suggested to teams of 23psi for the fronts and 22psi at the rear. However, after releasing the first figure, Pirelli made two subsequent changes. The first adjustment on Thursday afternoon was a move to 22psi and 21psi respectively. On Friday morning, Pirelli said its official figure, which it traditionally submits [...]

Jota steps up to full WEC programme

September 4th, 2015

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The British Jota Sport LMP2 squad will expand into the World Endurance Championship next season with the new ORECA coupe. Jota, which took P2 honours at last year’s Le Mans 24 Hours, will field a solo Nissan-powered coupe in the full WEC alongside a continued campaign in the European Le Mans Series with its existing open-top Gibson 015S (nee Zytek Z11SN) . Jota partner Sam Hignett, who revealed that the team had ordered a pair of 05s, said: “The time is now right for Jota to step up to a full WEC campaign. “We were approached about a WEC programme and we are confident that we will have something signed next week, after which we will be able to announce a major stakeholder and a driver. “After that, we will [...]

Wilson funeral details announced

September 4th, 2015

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The funeral of the late Justin Wilson will take place on Thursday September 10. The IndyCar driver lost his life due to injuries sustained when he was hit on the crash helmet by debris in the penultimate race of the season at Pocono last month. OBITUARY: Justin Wilson 1978-2015 Wilson’s funeral will be held at 11:45 in St James the Great Church, High Street, Paulerspury, Northamptonshire (NN12 7NA), with a further service taking place in Hall 5 of the Silverstone Wing building at the home of the British Grand Prix. Flowers or donations to the Wilson Children’s Fund should to be sent to John White Funeral Directors, 188/190 Watling Street, Towcester, NN12 6DB (cheques to “John White Funeral Directors, Donations Wilson”). Alternatively, donations can be made online at www.justinwilson.co.uk/donate. People [...]

F1 set for 2016 calendar shuffle

September 4th, 2015

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The 2016 Formula 1 calendar is set for a reshuffle, with the Malaysian Grand Prix being pushed back to later than originally planned. For next year a record-breaking 21-grands prix schedule is condensed into just eight months, due to a later-than-usual start in Australia on April 3, with Abu Dhabi hosting the finale again on November 27. F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone has confirmed to AUTOSPORT that following a request from the race organisers in Singapore, the Malaysian Grand Prix will become the penultimate race of the season. Singapore and Malaysia were originally due to run back to back on September 18 and 25, but due to their geographical proximity, the concern is one event will detract from the other. “We’re putting Malaysia later on, away from Singapore,” Ecclestone told AUTOSPORT. [...]

Ilott and Dennis top morning sessions

September 4th, 2015

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Carlin’s Callum Ilott and Prema Powerteam’s Jake Dennis shared the fastest times in the two Formula 3 European Championship practice sessions at the Algarve circuit. Dennis set the fastest lap of both sessions in the second, his time of 1m42.101s proving to be just 0.021 seconds quicker than Ilott’s best lap of the first. The Prema driver’s time was set in the final five minutes of the practice, displacing Ferrari protege Lance Stroll from the top, before Felix Rosenqvist moved to second just 0.063s down on team-mate Dennis. Third was his title rival Antonio Giovinazzi, who came out on top against Motopark’s Marcus Pommer. The German was fourth in both sessions. Sergio Sette Camara had been Ilott’s nearest challenger in the opening session, with Japanese F3 leader and Prema newcomer [...]

Wet handling still a problem – Marquez

September 4th, 2015

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The handling problems that stymied the first part of Honda’s 2015 MotoGP season are still present in wet conditions, says Marc Marquez. The reigning world champion crashed out of second place in last weekend’s British Grand Prix at Silverstone while chasing Valentino Rossi’s Yamaha in increasingly heavy rain. Marquez’s title defence has been hampered by the aggressive power delivery of the 2015 Honda not suiting his riding style. His discomfort with the bike was a factor in a string of early-season errors that dropped him out of the championship battle. A switch back to a 2014 chassis has cured much of the problem in the dry, but Marquez said Silverstone proved work is still needed to make the bike amenable to ride on a wet track. “The floating feeling at [...]

Hamilton leads first Monza practice

September 4th, 2015

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Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton set a devastating pace as he topped the timesheets in first practice for Formula 1′s Italian Grand Prix at Monza ahead of team-mate Nico Rosberg. Reigning F1 world champion Hamilton clocked a 1m24.670s to finish 0.463 seconds clear of his title rival and a massive 1.588s ahead of Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel in third. It was an impressive performance from Mercedes, which fitted Hamilton and Rosberg’s cars with their third engines of the season following an upgrade in which it used all seven of its remaining tokens. Hamilton was quickest on the first run on the medium tyres with a 1m25.653s, 0.906s faster than team-mate Rosberg, with Vettel 0.057s off the pace. Rosberg was the first to take his second set and moved to the top of [...]

Ecclestone pessimistic over Monza fate

September 4th, 2015

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Formula 1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone is not anticipating the latest round of talks with Monza and Italian Grand Prix officials this weekend to yield a positive outcome. The future of the fabled race at Monza is currently up in the air as its contract is due to expire after next year’s event, and with negotiations that have been ongoing for more than two years failing to find a resolution. DIETER RENCKEN: What’s happening to European F1 crowds? It is understood there is currently a €10million difference in opinion, with Ecclestone seeking €25million per year compared to the €15million being offered. The F1 commercial chief is adamant Monza must pay the same going rate as other European events. “This has been going on for two and a half years, and it’s [...]

Williams reports financial improvement

September 4th, 2015

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The Williams Formula 1 team has declared an improvement in its latest financial figures. Williams Grand Prix Holdings PLC, the holding company of the Williams group of companies, which includes Williams Grand Prix Engineering Limited, has released its interim results for the six months to June 30 2015. In comparison to the same six-month period last year, Williams’s turnover has improved by just over £19million, from £44.1m to £63.2m. At the same time the earnings before tax, interest, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) is down from £19.6m in 2014 to £1.4m. For the F1 operation, in particular, revenues are up from £34.6m last year to £51.8m, with an EBITDA of £2.5m, compared to £19.8m in 2014. The team’s improved on-track performance last season has been key to this step. Group CEO [...]

Pirelli to reveal Monza limits on Friday

September 3rd, 2015

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Pirelli will on Friday release data regarding new tyre pressures and other directives for the Italian Grand Prix at Monza amid criticism from Formula 1 drivers. The Italian manufacturer confirmed “the absence of any structural problems” following an investigation into Nico Rosberg and Sebastian Vettel’s tyre failures at Spa, adding “an exceptional number of cuts” were discovered. As is the case ahead of every GP weekend, Pirelli issued a directive to the teams with a recommendation for Monza tyre pressures and camber limits. AUTOSPORT understands Pirelli has suggested 22psi for the fronts and 21psi for the rears, compared to 20 and 18.5 respectively at Spa. It is believed the rise is not a reaction to the incidents at Spa but rather to recognise the unique pressures the Monza track presents. [...]

It’s time for closed cockpits – Button

September 3rd, 2015

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Formula 1 driver Jenson Button says the time has come for closed cockpits to be introduced to single-seater racing following the death of IndyCar driver Justin Wilson. Wilson was struck by debris from a crashed car during the Pocono IndyCar race last month. Force India’s Nico Hulkenberg, who has recent experience racing with a closed cockpit when he won the Le Mans 24 Hours, is against the idea but Button disagreed with the German. “I was one of many drivers who said ‘this is open-cockpit racing, it should stay as open-cockpit racing’,” Button said. Justin Wilson obituary: 1978-2015 “But I think we’ve all had enough now and it’s time to do something serious about it, not just changing the headrest. “You’ve got to get a canopy on the car of [...]

McLaren reverts to long nose for Italy

September 3rd, 2015

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The McLaren-Honda Formula 1 team will revert to a long-nose specification for the Italian Grand Prix, AUTOSPORT has learned. McLaren introduced a shorter specification of nose on Fernando Alonso’s car for June’s Austrian GP, and the short nose has featured on both MP4-30s at every race since. But AUTOSPORT understands the Woking squad will use the older specification of nose as a one-off for Monza, because it provides the car with a better aerodynamic balance and lower drag levels than the shorter nose on a track where peak downforce is not required. McLaren will then go back to using its short nose for the next race in Singapore, where the team is planning to introduce a new front wing package. BETTER THAN SPA Jenson Button is hopeful McLaren-Honda will enjoy [...]

New GP3 car for 2016 breaks cover

September 3rd, 2015

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The GP3 series will use a brand new chassis and engine for its 2016 car, which was revealed at Monza on Thursday. Since its inaugural season in 2010, GP3 has used the same Dallara GP3-10 chassis, with various revisions to the sidepods, nose and engine cover over the years to keep costs down. The GP3-16 car however features a brand new chassis that has been produced to meet 2015 Formula 1 safety standards, accommodate taller drivers, and to facilitate more overtaking. Speaking at the car launch at Monza, GP3 technical director Didier Perrin said the aerodynamic changes will help improve the show and safety, while keeping operational costs low. “The car is now matching the 2015 Formula 1 regulations in terms of front impact and rear impact, this is why [...]

Ecclestone tells Pirelli not to change

September 3rd, 2015

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Formula 1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone has called on Pirelli not to change its ways after finding the tyre supplier not guilty of any wrongdoing during the Belgian Grand Prix. Following an exhaustive analysis of the blowouts that occurred during the recent race at Spa, the FIA declared itself “satisfied” with Pirelli’s investigations. Now Ecclestone and Formula One Management have also expressed support to the Italian manufacturer. The move comes at a time when Ecclestone is deliberating as to whether Pirelli or Michelin should earn the new three-year tyre supply contract from 2017. A statement issued by FOM read: “Pirelli has been a first class partner of Formula 1 during the five seasons in which it has been the official supplier of tyres to the FIA Formula 1 world championship. “We [...]