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September 18, 2017

Formula One is a sport of speed. But it is a sport whose speeds are greatly affected by the design of each racecar and the ways in which each team has chosen to interpret the technical regulations issued each year. Entire seasons have been defined by different interpretations of the rules. In 2009, the innovation that made the difference was the double diffuser, which managed the airflow at the rear of the car, and gave the cars additional grip, and speed, while cornering. For the early part of the season the legality of the double diffuser was debated, with some teams objecting that it...

September 15, 2017

Formula 1 drivers could suffer "heat shock" after Sunday's Singapore Grand Prix due to the challenging conditions and the greater demands of this year's cars, says Romain Grosjean. The Singapore GP is among the most demanding on the calendar, with races often hitting the two-hour limit, temperatures reaching between 30 and 34 degrees over the last three years and humidity hitting around 80%. Those conditions, combined with F1 2017 cars that are faster through corners, have led to drivers enhancing their training regimes and acclimatization programs. "Fitness has evolved but there is a...

September 1, 2017

FIA Formula 1 race director Charlie Whiting says adding the halo cockpit protection device to the new Formula 2 car was "a bit of a late call." The F2 2018 - which was unveiled at Monza on Thursday - is the first single-seater car outside of F1 that will feature the structure. At the Silverstone round of the F2 season, series boss Bruno Michel told Autosport that a cockpit protection device had not been added to the new car's design but explained that it could be incorporated once the FIA had decided on its approach to driver safety systems for 2018. It was announced...

August 29, 2017

Last month's confirmation from the FIA that the Halo will be fitted to F1 cars in 2018 put a renewed focus on the efforts made by the governing body to improve safety in motorsports. However, the Halo is just the tip of a very large iceberg – research is ongoing all the time, and improvements are constantly being made, but fans don't always get to hear about them. It's been 23 years since the traumatic 1994 F1 season led to the FIA ramping up its safety efforts. Max Mosley deserves much credit for that push, and for giving the late Sid Watkins, Charlie Whiting and their R&D experts...

August 25, 2017

The FIA is committed to introducing additional cockpit protection to other categories once the halo concept has been proved in Formula 1. Last month motorsport's governing body announced it would make the halo device mandatory for F1 from next season. IndyCar has made clear it is evaluating cockpit protection devicesand Formula E expects to adopt a version of the halo as part of its 2018/19 car. FIA safety director Laurent Mekies has confirmed that the plan with the halo has always been to have something that can eventually be used in all types of single-seaters. "There would be no...

August 24, 2017

Usually, drivers walk away -- thanks to the ongoing advancements in safety. At Kansas Speedway in May, Aric Almirola wasn’t so lucky. The No. 43 Smithfield Ford Fusion might as well have been on ice once Almirola hit an oil slick on the track and slammed into Joey Logano’s damaged car. The initial impact of the wreck sent the rear of Almirola's car airborne — he believes at least six feet off the ground before the car slammed down on the left-side jack post. ALMIROLA ON SAFETY The experience has given Almirola a new appreciation for NASCAR’s R&D Center and the role the sanctioning...

August 23, 2017

For many, the best part of the ABC Supply 500 was a finish that separated the top four drivers by 0.8770 of a second. Or the cat-and-mouse between teammates Will Power and Josef Newgarden during the final laps. Or a lead change summary so exhausting that it ended on the back side of the box score. All appropriate measures of a race, no doubt. But at Pocono Raceway, the best part of the race weekend occurred during the worst part. It involved sprinting, skill, organization and professionalism. And sacrifice. Even before Ryan Hunter-Reay’s car slid to a stop Saturday following the sickening...

August 22, 2017

A double fatality during a public race meeting at Queensland Raceway over the weekend has led to questions over safety procedures. Kurt Bull (32) and Daniel King (41) were killed when their car hit a wall and burst into flames during the Roll Racing drag meeting at the Ipswich circuit on Saturday morning. According to an ABC News report, two of the first responders to the crash site have since taken to social media to condemn the safety procedures put in place by the circuit. "Unfortunately the training and the response was lacking!" former paramedic and Roll Racing competitor Tom...

August 22, 2017

Formula One knows that taking driver skill out of the equation would undoubtedly hurt the series' popularity; however, it hasn't completely ruled out the self-driving concept in some regards. While we won't be seeing autonomous F1 cars anytime soon, some officials have teased the idea of a driverless safety car being introduced in the future, showing the technology's viability on a major scale, according to Motorsport.com. Marcin Budkowski, the head of the F1 technical department, announced in an interview that taking away the safety car driver has become a valid topic of conversation...

August 21, 2017

IndyCar Pocono race winner Will Power was lucky not to crash in the early part of Sunday's race, according to his race engineer. Power had just passed Tony Kanaan's Ganassi-Honda for fourth place approaching one-third distance when the front wing adjuster in the nosecone broke, collapsing the wing setting. It forced Power to pit out of sequence and go a lap down, but his race engineer David Faustino told Autosport the consequences could have been much more severe. "It's a stock Dallara part, and a bearing in there failed and let the front wing drop down flat," Faustino explained. "...

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