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July 24, 2018

Rally Isle of Man looks to have been given an 11th hour reprieve. Last week, it emerged that the Department of Infrastructure was threatening to pull the plug on the event amid safety concerns. It declined to issue a road closure authorization. And in a summary report to CoMin, the department said it had "unfortunately and reluctantly" come to the conclusion that Rally IoM is not "competent to organize a safely run event." But following a meeting between DoI officials and members of the organizing team, the government has announced a series of conditions have been established for the safe...

July 20, 2018

Formula 1 can solve the safety challenges posed by banning tyre warmers in 2021 according to engineers from two of the top teams. As RaceFans revealed today, F1 plans to introduce a new tyre specification in 2021 which will include a ban on tyre warmers, a move to 18-inch wheel sizes and other changes. F1 has been unsuccessful in previous attempts to ban tyre warmers, which are not allowed in other high-level championships such as IndyCar. The safety challenges posed by the need to warm the tyres up quickly after pit stops has been one of the biggest challenges. However Renault’s...

July 19, 2018

Williams has introduced a new front wing design for the German Grand Prix as part of a Formula 1 update package it hopes will make its car more predictable. A fortnight after a disastrous British Grand Prix, where both its cars had to start from the pitlane in the wake of a floor stall issue that ruined qualifying, the team is hoping for a breakthrough with its new parts. Rather than providing more downforce, the idea behind the wing change is to improve the car's balance to give drivers Sergey Sirotkin and Lance Stroll greater confidence. Speaking about the wing changes, Sirotkin said: "...

July 18, 2018

Trident Motorsport has parted ways with banned Haas Formula 1 junior driver Santino Ferrucci, after the Formula 2 driver crashed into his teammate and drove with a phone in his hand. Ferrucci is banned for the next two events – Hungary and Spa – after driving into the left-rear of Arjun Maini's car on the cool-down lap after the Silverstone Sprint race. The two had clashed in both Silverstone races. Ferrucci was also fined €66,000 for driving without a glove on, also holding a mobile phone while transitioning between paddocks in his F2 car. Trident has cited Ferrucci's actions,...

July 17, 2018

Former F1 test driver Daniel Juncadella says F1 should use the stewards to control "crazy" and "aggressive" drivers. Many have complained about the inconsistency of the FIA stewards' rulings, but Juncadella, who now races in DTM, thinks that inconsistency could have a role to play. "I think past actions should be remembered," the Spaniard told AS newspaper. "Take Magnussen for example. I've already said on Twitter that he's crazy, all the way back to Formula 3. I think every time he does something even dubious, he should be penalized. "It's the same with Verstappen, who is super...

July 13, 2018

Formula 1 technical chiefs have been called to a special meeting with the FIA at the Hungarian Grand Prix to discuss potential changes to mirror rules to improve driver visibility. Drivers have regularly complained about poor rear view under the current regulations. An initial FIA move to push through new rules in time for the Singapore GP on safety grounds had to be abandoned because it needed World Motor Sport Council approval. Instead the FIA has told F1 teams that it wants to meet with technical directors at the Hungaroring in a fortnight's time to discuss what can be done for 2018 and...

July 12, 2018

Hello, I’m Scott Mansell (above, orange helmet), founder of Driver61, race driver and coach. I always get asked about the different types of head and neck support devices we have in the store, so as someone who’s been wearing one for 14 years, I thought I should write a guide to help you find the best FHR or HANS device for your racing. Finding the right HANS, FHR or Hybrid FHR device is extremely important, yet with so many types, materials and angles available it can be a confusing process. First of all, what do these acronyms mean? An FHR is a Frontal Head...

July 10, 2018

Formula 2 racer Santino Ferrucci has apologized for the actions that earned him a four-race ban, after he clashed with Trident teammate Arjun Maini on the slowing-down lap at Silverstone. Haas Formula 1 junior Ferrucci was fined €60,000 and banned from the next two rounds at the Hungaroring and Spa over the incident. He was also disqualified from the results of that race having earlier forced Maini off the road at Turn 4. Ferrucci was also seen to be driving with a glove off between the F2 and F1 paddocks at Silverstone on Sunday, which is not allowed, and to be holding in a phone in...

July 9, 2018

Santino Ferrucci has been banned from the F2 races in Hungary and Belgium after deliberately crashing into his teammate Arjun Maini after the Sprint Race at Silverstone. Following the chequered flag, the Haas junior driver drove into the back of his Trident team-mate leading Maini to say on the radio "there is something wrong with my teammates brain."WATCH: “There’s something wrong with my team-mates brain, he needs banned," says @ArjunMaini_ after his @trident_team team-mate @SantinoFerrucci hits him on the slow down lapLIVE now on Sky Sports F1Sky Go: https://t.co/fxH1316WnM #SkyF1 #...

July 6, 2018

Formula 1 champion Lewis Hamilton says allowing drivers to use DRS through Turn 1 at Silverstone is a “pointless exercise” and creates “an unnecessary kind of danger”. F1 has added an extra DRS zone to several circuits' layouts in order to boost overtaking, with the British Grand Prix venue Silvertstone's new third zone running through the start-finish straight and the subsequent two high-speed corners, Abbey and Farm. Many of F1's cars do not have enough downforce to remain stable with DRS open through T1, and drivers thus need to deactivate it manually – something that Haas driver Romain...

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