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January 26, 2018

The Assen circuit in the Netherlands needs relatively little work to gain the FIA grade one license it needs in order to hold Formula One races. FIA director of Formula One Charlie Whiting recently made his first visit to the circuit and advised its owners on what work is needed to bring it up to F1 standard. The 4.5-kilometer course, which currently has a grade two license, would not require significant alterations to attain grade one. The chief revisions would be to its kerbs and the addition of new safety facilities including TecPro barriers at some corners. A grand prix in the...

January 25, 2018

James Winslow paid tribute to safety standards that saved his life and expert medical treatment received in the UAE A racing driver who suffered life-threatening injuries in a crash at Yas Marina Circuit is slowly recovering from the ordeal.  James Winslow, 34, smashed into a barrier after an apparent brake failure during the Gulf 12 Hours race on December 16. The car had been traveling at speeds of up to 240kph (150mph). He fractured his spine in three places, suffered a broken sternum, a fractured right wrist and internal bruising. He was also hit by post-crash...

January 24, 2018

F1 will end the controversial topic of driver weight by introducing a new rule for 2019. Driver weight has been a thorny topic in recent years, as heavier cars put more pressure on bigger drivers to slim down. But Auto Bild reports that the FIA will end the controversy for 2019 by introducing a minimum ‘driver plus seat’ weight of 80kg (176 lbs). If the driver-seat combination tips the scales below 80kg, tungsten ballast will be added to the bottom of the seat, the report added. The move has reportedly been made to ward off further pressure on the drivers to lose weight,...

January 23, 2018

Formula One bosses promised fans the finalized 2018 Halo designs would look better than those tested over the last two years -- the early indications suggest they were correct. F1's introduction of the Halo, a titanium structure wrapped in carbon fiber, which sits above the drivers head, has been hugely controversial. Though intended to protect drivers from flying pieces of debris, the look of the device has been met with varying degrees of criticism in the paddock -- ahead of the 2017 finale in Abu Dhabi, reigning world champion Lewis Hamilton said the race would be the last time F1...

January 22, 2018

IndyCar says the fact that an aeroscreen is to be tested at Phoenix next month doesn't necessarily mean it will be used in competition in 2018 - if at all. The aeroscreen has been extensively tested on a simulator and it will be tried on track for the first time as part of IndyCar's two-day open test on February 9-10 - or the rookie day that immediately precedes it. However, IndyCar president of competition and operations Jay Frye says there is no rush to reach a conclusion and it is not definite that the aeroscreen will get the green light. He told Autosport: "It's still somewhat...

January 18, 2018

Nigel Mansell CBE praised F1's modern safety standards, insisting drivers racing back in his day faced a massive 'downside' if something went wrong. The 31-time Grand Prix winner and 1992 world champion unsurprisingly drew the crowds this weekend in Birmingham at the 2018 Autosport International show. Speaking to broadcaster ITV, Mansell compared his period in F1 with the current times, and acknowledged that Grand Prix racing had undergone quite a transformation in terms of safety. "We had a flat out career where we had to look in the mirror some mornings and say, were we willing to...

January 17, 2018

Speedway racer Jamie McDonald is thanking the safety features on his sprint car for keeping him alive after a horror crash at Vodafone Springs Speedway before Christmas. McDonald's car caught the wheel of a rival that hurtled him through the air into the safety fence roof-first and left his car destroyed and the Aucklander unconscious for four minutes. "I have a 10 second snippet when I was in the car trapped with the seat crushing my shoulder and the next thing I remember was coming out of the CT machine in hospital with all my family and crew there," McDonald told The Herald. "...

January 16, 2018

The FIA has approved its first supplier of the Halo head protection device just six weeks before Formula 1 pre-season testing is due to begin. The device, which is constructed out of titanium and weighs approximately 6kg – although in total with fixings, mounts and chassis changes, that could exceed 10kg – is being introduced for the 2018 season to F1 and Formula 2 initially, before being rolled out to Formula E for season five later this year. The governing body issued a tender looking for suppliers of the Halo last year and approved its first supplier on Monday, with German company CP...

January 12, 2018

The Trans Am Race Company announced today that it has reached an agreement with Audible Flagging Systems (AFS), now the Official Flagging System Provider of the Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli. AFS, an industry leader for in-car race flagging systems, will be installed in all Trans Am racecars to warn drivers of caution flags immediately and simultaneously. The system is proven to also minimize secondary collisions, which can be particularly dangerous and damaging. The onboard system not only flashes a brilliant yellow light inside the car but also emits an audible warning tone to...

January 11, 2018

Sergio Perez has praised the FIA for making "a very brave decision" by enforcing the Halo to be introduced in Formula 1 from the 2018 season onward. This year's cars will all feature the cockpit protection device, designed to protect the driver's head from large items of debris. Reaction to the Halo has been mixed, with the drivers who support its implementation admitting it has a negative impact on the aesthetics of the cars, while others wanted the sport to retain a fully open cockpit. Perez agrees that the addition is not pleasing to the eye, but he says its importance in improving...

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