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May 22, 2018

Historic Formula Ford driver Nelson Rowe credited two spectators and a competitor for saving his life after he was dragged from his car while engulfed in flames at Cadwell Park. The double Historic Formula Ford champion won last Saturday's race and was disputing the lead of race two when he collided with Cameron Jackson at Charlie's corner - a long, uphill right-hander that tightens at the end - on lap three. Jackson had missed a gear, catching Rowe out. His Crossle was launched over Jackson's Lola and landed inverted in the grass, with its engine bay bursting into flames. Fellow...

May 21, 2018

INDYCAR drivers are now required to undergo a clinical eye-tracking computer test recently cleared by the Food and Drug Administration. It has been implemented as part of the sanctioning body’s concussion evaluation protocol, it was announced today. Drivers competing in this month’s Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil – plus drivers in the Mazda Road to Indy development ladder program – have been tested by the innovative system known as I-PAS and created by Pittsburgh-based Neuro Kinetics, Inc. The I-Portal Portable Assessment System, commonly referred to as the “goggles test...

May 18, 2018

The FIA’s initiative aimed at highlighting the work of motorsport volunteers around the world has been expanded to a full weekend of celebrations. The FIA Volunteers Weekend will take place on 19-20 May, capitalizing on a packed weekend of FIA competition. Last year’s inaugural Volunteers Day was a resounding success in ensuring that the important message of thanks reached the thousands of volunteers who dedicate their time to make motorsport possible. It was also a catalyst for encouraging new volunteers to the sport. Seven headline race events will lead the charge in raising awareness...

May 16, 2018

MotorSport New Zealand joins with the Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) and other national motorsport governing bodies to acknowledge and thank the thousands of volunteers who contribute to their time and talents to motorsport around the world for the FIA Volunteers Weekend on 19-20 May. The initiative is being promoted using the hashtag #FIAVolunteersWeekend. In New Zealand, several hundred people of all ages work as volunteers at motorsport events most weekends up and down the country - and that’s just at the race, rally, hillclimb and rallysprint events permitted by...

May 14, 2018

The FIA has explained why Ferrari's "liberal" and "tenuous" interpretation of the Formula 1 rules around mounting mirrors on the halo has been banned after just one race. Ferrari became the first team to roll out mirrors attached to the cockpit protection device at the Spanish Grand Prix, placing a winglet above the housing supporting it. It attracted attention from several teams, with Force India technical director Andrew Green admitting he thought that design was not allowed, but it was passed legal for the weekend. It emerged that the FIA had sought to clarify that Ferrari would need...

May 11, 2018

Ferrari has unveiled the most creative use of Formula One's Halo device so far, having mounted its rear-view mirrors on the structure. The Spanish Grand Prix is traditionally the first opportunity for Formula One's European-based teams to introduce significant upgrades after four races in the southern hemisphere. Much of the intrigue so far this week has been around Ferrari's decision to place its mirrors on the side of the Halo along with an extra winglet. Ahead of the last race in Baku, the FIA clarified the rules around the safety device - controversially made mandatory for the 2018...

May 7, 2018

Preston Calvert has returned to his roots in GTS, running the second Panoz Avezzano in the Pirelli World Challenge GTS-Am category. For the man who entered the series in a Mustang Boss 302 in the class before it became all-GT4 and was Rookie of the Year in 2015, it completes a full circle after he also competed in GT Cup and GTA. It’s also the reward for a lot of hard work, both in his first career as a neurologist and neuro-opthalmologist and in his second as a racing driver. Now not only is he racing at a high level, he’s giving back to the sport by working to identify and prevent...

May 3, 2018

Kevin Magnussen has revealed he apologized many times to Toro Rosso driver Pierre Gasly after the two drivers touched wheels at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix. Magnussen took to Twitter on Wednesday night to clarify comments he made in the build up to the Baku street race on Sunday. While describing his commitment to racing, the Haas driver told Reutersahead of the grand prix: "I don't like compromises. I will give everything. I will die in the car. I won't hold back. "I would put my life on [the line]. Absolutely. When you put your helmet on and you're in the race, I find that's...

March 22, 2018

It’s the biggest visual change to the cars this year, but halo’s impact is not simply an aesthetic one... The new-for-2018 cockpit protection device has also inspired changes to the circuits, with the FIA adjusting the start light gantry in Melbourne to allay any concerns surrounding visibility. Some drivers had expressed doubt over whether the introduction of the halo would make seeing the start lights more difficult, depending on where they were on the grid. With this in mind, the FIA have reduced the height of the main set of lights at Albert Park – and instructed the rest of the...

March 13, 2018

The halo is a mandatory addition to all cars in 2018, but while basic dimensions and structural integrity are enshrined by the regulations, the teams still have a small amount of development space… According to many technical directors, incorporating the halo into their 2018 designs has been one of the biggest challenges they’ve ever faced. The main effort has gone into ensuring the titanium structure, which weighs in at around 6-7kg (13-15lbs), passes the strict load tests, but the teams have also looked at ways to minimize the impact of the halo from an aerodynamic standpoint –...

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