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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...

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-...

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