Sebastian Vette - Fastest driver in the final practice
Sebastian Vettel finished on top in the final practice for the 2010 European GP. Robert Kubica was a tenth down in second place while Mark Webber further tenth down in 3rd. Fourth place belongs to Sutil, fifth to Alonso.
2010 European GP – Saturday Practice Times:
Nico Rosberg - Fastest on Friday morning
The 2010 European GP weekend kicks-off today in Valencia with free practice sessions. Nico Rosberg was fastest in the morning practice, ahead of Hamilton and Button.
2010 European GP – Friday Practice 1 Times:
1986 Mexican GP F1 win for Pirelli tyres (Berger, Benetton-BMW)
Pirelli will return to F1 next season for the first time since 1991. The Milan-based firm will supply all the Formula One teams from 2011-2013 with six types of tyre: four for dry weather, one for rain and one intermediate tyre. Pirelli – which has supplied tyres exclusively for the GP3 championship this year – will also supply the GP2 championship from 2011, becoming the sole provider of tyres for the most prestigious single-seater championships in global motorsport.
Here is the full text of Pirelli press release on F1 and GP2:
After the exciting Canadian GP the season continues with European GP in Valencia, the venue that is yet to offer exciting race. Who knows, maybe this year … No matter what the prediction game continues, it is time for round 9 of our prediction game.
Pirelli - last seen in F1 in 1991
As expected Pirelli will become F1 sole tyre supplier from 2011 season for period of three years. This is one of decisions The World Motor Sport Council meeting that took place today in Geneva. The WMSC also decided that the 107% qualifying rule will return from next season. That means that from 2011, any driver whose best qualifying lap exceeds 107% of the fastest Q1 qualifying time will not be allowed to take part in the race.
FIA also made some decisions that come to effect immediately following recent safety car incident (Schumacher Alonso in Monaco) and Hamilton’s running out fuel at the end of qualifying in Canada. With immediate effect, if a sample of fuel is required after a practice session the car concerned must have first been driven back to the pits under its own power. If the safety car is still deployed at the beginning of the last lap, or is deployed during the last lap, it will enter the pit lane at the end of the lap and the cars will take the chequered flag as normal without overtaking.
Here are the decisions taken by The World Motor Sport Council today in Geneva in full: