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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 –...

March 12, 2018

If 2017 was about revolution, the new Formula One season will be about evolution. Last year brought in F1's biggest changes for more than a decade with fatter tires and bigger, more aggressive-looking car chassis resulting in lap records being broken at 11 of the 20 grands prix. The upcoming season, which starts in Melbourne on March 25, will be one of refinement as teams and drivers get to grips with comparatively minor cosmetic tweaks by comparison. Nevertheless, changes to both F1's sporting and technical regulations will likely play a pivotal role in the outcome of both drivers'...

March 7, 2018

After the opening days of 2018's Formula One pre-season, drivers and team bosses have had their say on various topics still dominating the debate around the Halo cockpit device. We've rounded up the best of them here. ON THE VIEW FROM INSIDE THE COCKPIT Lewis Hamilton: "You definitely notice it, you definitely lose some visibility with it. If you had 100 percent visibility [before] you've lost a certain percentage. But you just get used to it and as I started driving your mind learns to work around it. "It doesn't really affect you in corners. I think if there's a car in the...

February 27, 2018

In an accident eerily reminiscent of his 2007 crash in Dallas, John Force won his second-round race at the NHRA Arizona Nationals Sunday before an engine explosion sent his Funny Car careening into Jonnie Lindberg. The two cars, linked together by tangled parachutes, hit one wall, then the other before coming to a stop in a cloud of smoke. As a precaution, the 68-year-old veteran was transported for further evaluation and released Sunday evening from Chandler (Ariz.) Regional Hospital. Lindberg exited his mangled dragster under his own power. “I got up and walked away,” Lindberg...

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