FIA ia in calcul introducerea mai multor zone DRS pe mai multe circuite

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In incecarea de a aduce mai mult spectacol pe circuitele de Formula 1 FIA a luat decizia de a aduga mai multe zone DRS pe anumite circuite.

Se pare ca intoducerea celei de a treia zone DRS la Melbourne, Australia nu a avut succesul scontat, pe tot parcursul cursei efectuandu-se doar 5 depasiri. Acest lucru i-pus pe gânduri pe cei de la FIA care s-au gândit și la varianta modificării acestui circuit.

“Analizăm cu atenție ce putem face pentru a optimiza posibilitățile în zonele DRS. Australia nu este o locație ideală pentru depășiri, cele două zone de DRS dovedindu-se a fi nesatisfăcătoare. Am crezut că există o posibilitate de a crește numărul de depășiri pe linia dreaptă dintre virajele 12 și 13. Totodată, dacă pilotul activa din nou la virajul 15, ar fi putut să folosească DRS-ul și pe linia de start-sosire. Am încercat să oferim aceste oportunități aici, iar pe viitor le vom încerca și pe alte circuite, unde credem că putem gândi mai bine aceste zone de DRS”, a declarat Whiting.

Ținând cont ca circuitul se află într-un parc și ca este unul stradal, nu unul clasic modificările nu sunt foarte ușor de făcut.

Am pus în discuție câteva modificări la circuit cu organizatorii. Există și un proiect în acest sens, dar nu știu în ce stadiu este. A pornit de la o idee pe care le-am dat-o acum câțiva ani. Ar fi ușor de pus în practică, dar trebuie să ținem cont de faptul că avem de-a face cu un parc și un drum public, așa că modificările sunt mult mai greu de făcut decât pe un circuit clasic”, a concluzionat directorul FIA.

FIA a hotărât sa ia în calcul această situație pentru mai multe circuite,încercând să facă tot posibilul pentru a readuce spectacolul pe pistă.

The arrival of the airbag: the evolution of safety in MotoGP

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The Telegraph features an article on the importance of airbag systems in Grands Prix, with comment from Cal Crutchlow and Valentino Rossi

To coincide with the start of the 2018 season, there’s a feature in the UK’s Telegraphon airbags in leather suits worn by MotoGP™ – and WorldSBK – riders. In Grand Prix racing, that’s something that became mandated this season, and in the article a host of riders talk about the different systems and the incredible advances made in safety, including Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP).

“In the beginning, I think around 2009, Dainese start to bring it [the airbag] after a long study but I didn’t feel comfortable because I lost some movement and gained some weight,” explains the ‘Doctor’, one of those on the grid riding from the very different 500 era to the present day. “It was too big. But from that moment they are able to improve a lot, and now, sincerely, I don’t want to go on the track without it. For me it is a great step for safety, especially for the shoulders, for the collarbones.”

The rider from Tavullia isn’t alone, with LCR Honda Castrol’s Cal Crutchlow agreeing it’s something that’s a big step forward in safety – and, he adds, it’s saved him from a few different injuries.

I’ve been testing it since 2014: different comfort, different ways of deployment and different thresholds,” says Crutchlow. “

Alpinestars has so many guys on tracks around the world that this is why they have been able to develop it so fast. We get new and updated stuff all the time.

I know it cannot go over the whole body but it used to be over the shoulder, top of the arm and down the ribs. Now we also have our hips and legs [protected]. The way it works is superb and it has definitely saved me and other riders from broken bones. I think there was only a 50% rate of people who crashed and escaped a broken collarbone, and with the airbag it went up to 90% because it deploys so well.”I spoke to my shoulder surgeon, who I have used for many years like many cyclists and other riders. I asked him how business was going and whether he’d had many clients in recently and he joked he was pi**ed off that the airbag had come along!”says Crutchlow.

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Investigatia Mercedes ne arata de ce Hamilton nu a castigat in Australia

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Hamilton a controlat cursa pana in momentul activarii VSC cand Romaine Grosjean a lovit unul din cele doua monoposturi Haas.

Se pare ca totul se datoreaza unui bug, acesta a fost adevaratul motiv pentru care Lewis Hamilton a scapat victoria printre degete. La inceput s-a crezut ca este o problema de software care a dat date incorecte despre gap-ul pe care ar fi trebuit sa il aibe, insa s-a dovedit că nu acesta a fost motivul. Motivul real a fost un bug la un program care functiona offline si care avea sarcina de a măsuara timpii. Programul arăta un gap de 15 secunde, însă în realitate era undeva la sub 13 secunde, fapt ce a dat peste toate calculele iar Hamilton a ieșit după Vettel de la boxe. Cu toate ca s-a mai adăugat o zona DRS depășirile sunt încă greu de făcut în Australia iar Hamilton a trebuit sa se mulțumească ce locul secund. Tot cei de la Mercedes declara ca Hamilton ar fi putut creste ritmul si sa il tina pe Vettel la distanta ceea ce i-ar fi permis să iasa in siguranta de la boxe.

Totul se va clarifica probabil la urmatorul Grand Prix, unde vom vedea daca Ferrai va reuși sa recupereze ceva din paste jumatatea de scunda care ii desparte de Mercedes si bineinteles daca cei de la Mercedes vor fi capabili sa creasca ritmul asa cum sustin.

Bahraine 2018 between 6th-8th oh April 2018:

Napoca Rally Academy a obtinut victoria la Tess Rally Brasov

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Simone Tempestini a castigat Tess Rally Brasov 2018 iar pe locurile doi si trei s-au clasat Bogdan Marisca si Valentin Procisteanu. Echipajul Simeone Tempestini-Sergiu Itu au preluat conducerea imediat dupa proba din centrul orasului, iar Duminică au dominat toata cursa,o cursă ce s-a dovedit extrem de grea pentru toti concurentii. Aceasta este a patra victorie consecutiva a lui Tempestini la Brasov , pilotul decarandu-se foarte bucuros pentru aceasta performanta.

Pilotul de pa locul doi Bogdan Marisca alaturi de copilotul Sebastian Itu a terminat pe locul al doilea ,ei impunandu-se la proba Power Stage (Poiana la Vale),decalrand ca Babarunca a fost cea mai grea proba din toata cariera sa.

Au fost 15 minute in care nu stiam ce se va intampla cu noi, cu masina, cu restul concurentilor. Locul 2 la general si castigarea Power Stage ma bucura foarte mult”,

Fratii Norbert si Francesca Maior din echipa NRA au facut un raliu extraordinar ,ei luptandu-se cu masini si concurenti mult mai puternici din top10.

Clar mi-am dorit foarte mult un podium la raliul nostru de acasa, cu masina noua si cu Fancesca alaturi de mine, dar asa este in rally. Este bine ca ramanem cu puncte la clasa si mai multi timpi pe probele speciale. Asteptam cu incredere etapa de la Cluj de la inceputul lunii mai”, a spus Norbert.

Urmatoarea etapa din Campionatul National de Raliuri va fi Transilvania Rally, in 3-5 mai, etapa de acasa pentru echipa NRA.

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Formula 2 starts @Sakhir International Circuit from Bahrain on 6-8 of April

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GÜNTHER ON TOP IN FINAL DAY OF BAHRAIN TEST

Sakhir a very interesting circuit with two fast straight lines, having also tight turns as well as fast turns where the german German driver sets fastest time overall as Fukuzumi tops afternoon session.

Maximilian Günther set the fastest lap of the FIA Formula 2 Championship pre-season test at Sakhir, Bahrain on the final day, leading the way with a 1:42.756 set in the morning session to beat Charouz Racing System’s Louis Delétraz and ART Grand Prix’s George Russell. Günther’s BWT Arden teammate Nirei Fukuzumi was quickest in the afternoon session.

Roy Nissany of Campos Vexatec Racing jumped the rest of the field onto the track, beating DAMS’ Alexander Albon and Fukuzumi out of the pitlane. Günther led the opening stages, making up for a lack of running from the previous day’s afternoon session to take the early advantage.

Although Trident’s Arjun Maini – holder of yesterday’s fastest lap – briefly leapfrogged the German driver, Günther quickly reclaimed the top berth on the timing screens with the only lap in the 1m42s, ending the first hour on top, accosted soon after by Delétraz and RUSSIAN TIME’s Tadasuke Makino.

Jack Aitken (ART Grand Prix) brought out the red flag shortly after the second hour, coming to a halt at turn 8, leaving 45 minutes of the session to run after the track went live once more. Multiple teams took the opportunity to practice tyre changes, with the pitlane becoming a hive of activity after the green flag.

As attention turned to race preparation, Günther’s time remained unchallenged throughout the rest of the session, staying three tenths of a second ahead of Delétraz, as Russell completed the top three ahead of teammate Aitken. Carlin’s Sergio Sette Camara moved ahead of Makino for fifth, as Maini and Luca Ghiotto (Campos) grabbed seventh and eighth. Albon and Charouz’s Antonio Fuoco completed the top half of the field.

Ghiotto was the first driver on track for the afternoon session, taking the initiative ahead of the two Charouz drivers to commence the post-break running. The Italian headed the early timesheets, before Roberto Merhi (MP Motorsport) ended the first half-hour on top with over a second’s advantage over the field.

Although Fuoco, Makino and his RUSSIAN TIME teammate Artem Markelov spent periods of time nestled behind Merhi in the standings, the Spanish driver kept them at arm’s length to retain control of the timing boards going into the final hour of running as the majority focused further on race simulations.

Markelov then came to a halt to bring out the first red flag, the session resuming with 45 minutes left on the clock, before Ralph Boschung (MP) brought out a second just quarter of an hour later. The restart shuffled the order somewhat, with Fukuzumi ending Merhi’s hold on first position before Günther returned to the top of the pile shortly after.

In the final ten minutes, Fukuzumi surged to the lead of the timing boards to complete Arden’s lock-out of both sessions. Günther completed a one-two for the British team with Fuoco third, as Camara and Markelov completed the top five. Long-time leader Merhi ended the day sixth, ahead of British duo Norris and Russell – the latter clocking in 58 laps over the afternoon’s running. Makino held the ninth-best time, as Sean Gelael (PREMA) grabbed tenth ahead of Albon.

The Formula 2 season will officially begin in two weeks’ time – once more at Bahrain – from the 6-8 April for the first races of 2018.

For all season details and all information about Sakhir circuit click here