Honda spent some time at last week's Road America test working with new possible components for their 2016 aero kit. Although the manufacturer isn't confirmed for a return to IndyCar next year, they are still working on car development.
After conducting an investigation following the Belgian Grand Prix tire failures, Pirelli have concluded that debris on track caused the increase in tire cuts during the race weekend. They refuted the claim that their tires had structural integrity issues.
Formula One heads to Italy this weekend for the fastest race of the season. Teams need low downforce and high engine power to win. Let's take a look at the Engineering Guide for Monza, the 12th round of the 2015 Formula One season.
In an interview with Autosport, Honda's Chief of Motorsport Arai has said that he believes their engine has 25 more horsepower than the Renault engines. Arai cited the "size zero" aero package as the prime reason for McLaren's woes this year. He also added that there's less than a 30 horsepower gap to Ferrari and 40-50 horsepower separating McLaren from Mercedes.
Through just two races of the season, IndyCar teams are still figuring out what works and what doesn't with their aero kits. Honda, after being outpaced in most of the practice sessions, were able to claim their first win via a lucky/good (depending on how you look at it) strategy call by James Hinchcliffe.
IndyCar mandated that both Chevy and Honda reinforce their aero kits before the Indy Grand Prix of Louisiana this weekend. We got a chance to see these changes first hand during the free practice sessions on Friday. Here's a look at what each manufacturer did to combat the debris problem we saw in St. Petersburg.
IndyCar announced on Thursday that it has "mandated structural upgrades to strengthen designated Honda and Chevrolet bodywork components" ahead of this weekend's race at NOLA Motorsports Park, according to a press release.
Formula One heads to Malaysia on Sunday with Lewis Hamilton in control of the points so far. The Briton won the event last year on his way to claiming his second world driver's championship. He'll be looking for more of the same this year.
Schedule: Qualifying: Saturday, 5 a.m. ETRace: Sunday, 3 a.m. ET
The IndyCar season gets started this Sunday on the streets of St. Petersburg. It's the start of the battle for the 2015 championship which Will Power will hope to win for the second year in a row. Single Seater will be trying something new for the race. In addition to our race notes which will come out on Saturday, we will host a live blog for the race itself.
But no, this won't be your average, generic live blog. At Single Seater, we are devoted to data journalism and statistics, and that's exactly what our live blog will be like. Turn on the TV and pull up our stat-based live blog as a nice supplement.
Instead of just highlighting what's going on in the race, our live blog will talk about statistics, race strategy, and other interesting topics surrounding the race. We'll talk about tire data, caution stats, and why Will Power pitted when he did. If you have any questions throughout the race, you can leave them in the comments during the live blog and we'll tr…
IndyCars have some of the most advanced cockpits of any racing series. There are paddle-shifters, gear lights, fuel-map switches, and a plethora of other buttons to deal with. At the open test at Barber Motorsports Park, we got a chance to look inside some of the cockpits of the cars and see just how busy they really are.
Below are some shots of the cockpits of the machines. Hover over images for more information. All photos courtesy of Chris Owens, IndyCar PR.
IndyCar has been experimenting with an onboard position indicator during testing sessions at Barber Motorsports Park. The eight by seven inch panel will sit on either side of the airbox and show the driver's current position on track. The panel is supposed to help fans not near a scoring pylon or video screen.
The screen will show current place, positions lost or gained on a given lap, and when push to pass is being used (via a green screen) depending on the setup. Brightness can be changed based on time of day, speed, and location on the track for the best viewing experience. The board being tested is three millimeters thick, barely adding a profile to the airbox.
Schmidt Peterson Motorsports tested two different flick designs at NOLA Motorsports Park on Saturday during the open testing session. James Hinchcliffe and James Jakes each took their cars out to run laps throughout the day.
The two machines featured different designs of the top flick element. Jakes ran the stock Honda aero kit look with a full flick on top of the rear bumper. You can see that design below. Hinchcliffe's car had no top flick at all, the rear bumper was flush with the tire and had no mount on top of it.
IndyCar teams had a chance to test their aero kits for the first time on Saturday at NOLA Motorsports Park in Louisiana. One of the features of aero kits this year is the ability for teams to remove and change components on their car to separate themselves from other teams with the same manufacturer.
Chip Ganassi Racing was one of the first teams we saw that chose to make changes to their kit. CGR removed the upper flick element that sits on the side-pod of Chevy's kit. The No. 9 machine ran without the component for all of the session on Saturday.
The 2015 Formula One season kicks off this Sunday in Melbourne, Australia, with the Australian grand Prix. Nico Rosberg won the race last year on his way to coming second in the driver's championship, and he'll be looking for a successful start to 2015 again.
Schedule: Qualifying: Saturday, 2 a.m. ETRace: Sunday, 1 a.m. ET
Mercedes power dominated the 2014 Formula One season and powered Mercedes AMG Petronas to both a driver's and constructor's championship. Renault lagged behind for most of the year and only challenged with Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo.
On Wednesday, Renault released some interesting numbers regarding their 2015 power unit and how it compares to last year's. Right off the bat managing director Cyril Abiteboul said "last year we went to Melbourne in a very different frame of mind, but in 2015 we are much happier in our own skin." Renault will be looking to close the gap to Mercedes this year.
On Friday, Romain Grosjean said that he believes the 2015 season "will be very much about reminding people how good Lotus F1 Team and Romain Grosjean can be." This comes after a disastrous previous season that saw Lotus only pick up ten points in the constructor's championship.
Twitter has become the primary source for all sorts of people to connect with each other. With 140 characters, you can send out your thoughts in an instant along with pictures, videos, and links to websites or anything, really.
This means of communication has become especially powerful for celebrities and athletes, including IndyCar drivers. The ability to respond to others' tweets is easy and fast, connecting the fan and driver together. But which IndyCar driver is harnessing this power the best? We took a look at current IndyCar drivers and their Twitter profiles to see who is getting the most following on Twitter.
Pirelli, the official tire supplier of Formula One, announced the tire nominations for the first four races of the 2015 season earlier today.
For the Australian grand Prix, Pirelli has nominated the soft compound (yellow markings) and the medium compound (white markings) for use. This is the same choice of tires that were used during last year's race.
McLaren was forced to retire from the third day of testing at Jerez after a cooling pressure failure on the car. The team managed 32 laps in the morning session making day three their most productive yet.
The problem forced McLaren to take the engine out of the car, ending the day's testing session.
Day two of preseason Formula One testing saw Sebastian Vettel once again lead the time tables. The Ferrari machine logged 89 laps on Monday and set a best time of 1:20.984 seconds, nearly eight tenths faster than the Sauber piloted by Felipe Nasr.
The second day of testing with the new 2015 cars also produced a fair share of mechanical troubles as one might expect. New cars, changes being made, and the unreliability that is inherently in motor racing all contributed to the three main technical talking points of day two.
Formula One will have its first official test of 2015 at the Jerez circuit in Spain February 1st through 4th. Eight teams are set to attend the testing sessions with Force India, Marussia, and Caterham being the three teams that will not be there.
Follow along below with live tweets, results, and more from the four days of testing at Jerez:
The 2015 Ferrari car for the Formula One series was revealed this Friday. The SF-15T will be driven by Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen in the upcoming season. Much like the other cars that have been released, the Ferrari machine has a longer front nose than last year's cars, per the new regulations in this category.
Ferrari's technical director, James Allison, said the team is trying to combat the "unacceptably large gap in our performance" last season as compared to the rival teams. The team will be looking for their first win since the Spanish Grand Prix in 2013 after going win-less last season.
Each week, we take a look at numbers, stats, and other pieces of data that come up in Motorsport coverage. From Formula One to IndyCar and all in between, we'll search around and find the most significant pieces of information from the week.
In the news this week: IndyCar schedule changes, Luca Filippi added to CFH Racing, Formula One cars unveiled, and the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona.
This past Saturday and Sunday, 14 Indy 500 starters took to Daytona International Speedway to compete in the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona. The 24 hour endurance race featured 53 teams in total across all of the series; Prototype, GT Le Mans, Prototype Challenge, and GT Daytona.
The IndyCar drivers were spread out among 12 different teams and the four different classes. Karam, Kimball, Kanaan, and Dixon all raced for IndyCar team Chip Ganassi Racing, with the former two being in the #01 machine and the latter two in the #02. A full list of the IndyCar drivers that competed is below: