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February 22, 2018

Toto Wolff says he is "not impressed" with Formula 1's halo cockpit protection device and would remove it with "a chainsaw" if given the chance. Fans have been vocal in their disapproval of the halo, particularly regarding its aesthetics, ahead of its introduction for this season. Technical chiefs have spoken of the challenge of integrating the device, with Mercedes technical director James Allison saying the halo needs to be strong enough to withstand the weight of a London double decker bus. "I'm not impressed with the whole thing," said Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff,...

February 21, 2018

Upgrades to Queensland Raceway are on track to be completed prior to this year's running of the Supercars. The Ipswich City Council is preparing to renegotiate a contract with the category to complete safety upgrades and ensure they return to the circuit past 2019. Supercars acting chief executive officer Shane Howard said upgrades must be finished before the July event. "We have a long-term agreement with council, which includes completing the necessary safety upgrades of the circuit over the next two years and the critical areas for this year," he said. "These upgrades are...

February 20, 2018

The Holmatro Safety Team has become synonymous with the Verizon IndyCar Series and the safety their drivers when on track. No sooner does a driver get into trouble and the ubiquitous bright orange and black Holmatro Safety vehicles are on the scene. Over the years, the safety team has been credited with the quick, safe extrication and rescue of numerous drivers who all sing their praises to the way they are taken care on trackside. This allows the IndyCar medical team to get to them as quickly as humanly possible And that reliable relationship will continue with today's announcement that...

February 15, 2018

Williams chief technical officer Paddy Lowe has given his strong support for the new Halo and addressed one of the frequent criticisms of the new safety structure. “Behind the scenes I’ve been a big supporter of making some improvement in that area,” said Lowe at Williams’ pre-season launch event. “It’s the biggest remaining risk in Formula One to the drivers. Particularly with our young driver line-up thinking of their safety I think is very important.” Lowe acknowledged the FIA’s decision to introduce the structure had been “controversial” but he predicted that “by the second race...

February 14, 2018

The FIA is working "very closely" with IndyCar on the development of the windscreen (pictured above) in order to understand its future viability for Formula 1, RACER has learned. Following development over the past two years, the FIA has adopted the Halo cockpit protection device (pictured below) in a number of its championships, with Formula 1, Formula 2 and the next generation Formula E car all carrying the concept this year. That choice came after brief track testing of a screen in Silverstone last year, with IndyCar then testing a similar windscreen solution at Phoenix this week....

February 12, 2018

The season-opening Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals are always a high-profile platform for the world of drag racing. Not only does it mark the start of yet another 24-race national event season on the Mello Yello Drag Racing Series schedule, it’s much more basic than that. It offers teams, tuners, drivers, crew chiefs and the sport’s officials the chance to knock off any rust that may have accumulated over the winter either on the cars themselves, or among the folks that drive and maintain vehicles – particularly the nitro-fueled Top Fuel dragsters and Funny Cars that routinely eclipse 320-...

February 9, 2018

With Scott Dixon at the wheel, the prototype for a windscreen to help protect IndyCar drivers from flying debris passed its first on-track test Thursday, a big step toward requiring such devices, perhaps as early as next year. "I think it's definitely a milestone as far as moving forward and moving in the right direction for some more safety initiatives, and we all know the reasons why," the four-time IndyCar series champion said. The only real problem for Dixon, he said, was the lack of airflow made things quite warm. But he described that as "an easy fix." "The cooling thing...

February 8, 2018

Drivers have called for improved safety measures across the top of the Mount Panorama circuit following the race-ending crash in Sunday’s Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour. A heavy crash between Ash Walsh, Bryce Fullwood, and John Martin saw the red flag shown and the race declared early, with both Walsh and Martin taken to hospital for further checks. Martin was discharged on Sunday night, while Walsh had surgery Monday on a deep cut to his elbow and was due to return to his Brisbane home Tuesday. However the incident has prompted drivers to voice their concerns, and make calls for...

February 7, 2018

Safety is one of Formula 1's main priorities. Every race, every test, and every rule is designed around safety. While racing is the name of the game, Formula 1 is smart enough to know that the well-being of their teams, fans, and drivers must be the focus of their organization. The creation of the Halo device was motivated by safety and the desire to ensure that the driver's head and neck are protected from debris that may be kicked up during an accident - debris that may even include other cars. FORMULA 1 FACES TREMENDOUS FAN BACKLASH Since Formula 1 ...

February 5, 2018

The first images of IndyCar's windscreen, which will make its testing debut next week on the one-mile Phoenix oval, have been revealed. The cockpit safety device, designed by the series and developed with Dallara, has been in the works for more than a year through the use of computer simulations, computational fluid dynamics software, and in a driving simulator. Made from a material named Opticor produced by PPG, the windscreen is said to be more durable than polycarbonates used in tests conducted by other series. Contrasting the Formula 1-style 'Halo' that makes use of composite tubes...

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