FIA suffer telemetry failure at race control`

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Due to a telemetry failure at race control, drivers will be unable to receive information from the FIA for the opening round of the 2013 Formula One season.

Under flagged conditions, the drivers usually receive information via a light system in their cockpit, informing them to slow down under yellow flags, let a faster car pass under blue flags, or even stop completely if a red flag comes out. However, they will be without this information for the sessions in Melbourne this weekend.

The FIA issued a statement saying “due to reliability problems with the telemetry link between race control and the cars we will be disabling this with immediate effect. We will do our best to give as much information from race control as we can.”

The biggest problem is that the DRS system will be compromised. Following the activation of the system after two laps, race control will be unable to de-activate as normal under wet or safety car conditions. However, drivers will still be forbidden from using DRS in this situation.

Should the safety car make an appearance in the race, the FIA will be unable to set the cars to ‘safety car mode’ as usual, forcing drivers to make the switch manually.

Although problems like this do occur from time-to-time, teams will be forced to take extra care to avoid breaking the rules and subsequently receiving a penalty. The FIA will be doing all they can to rectify the situation in time for the race tomorrow.

Marco Andretti confident that fewer tests won’t hurt Andretti Autosport

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A small point of debate around the 2018 aero kit has been the manufacturer test days that took place through the Fall of 2017 and into the beginning of 2018. Chiefly, the debate has centered around teams who hadn’t participated in those manufacturer test days and if they’re starting the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series season at a disadvantage as a result.

Team Penske, Ed Carpenter Racing, and A.J. Foyt Racing completed test days for Chevrolet, with Schmidt Peterson Motorsports and Chip Ganassi Racing doing so for Honda.

That left teams like Andretti Autosport out of the mix, with some voicing concerns as a result.

However, in a press conference during testing at ISM Raceway last weekend, Marco Andretti explained that he thinks Andretti Autosport should be able to catch up on development, citing the team’s resources – they’re the only IndyCar team with four full-time cars in their stable – and the fact that everyone is still adapting to the new kit.

“I feel like it’s early enough days that, yes, we can catch up,” Andretti said at ISM Raceway. “When there is anything new, a new car, new aero kit, at-track days are huge. We can sim all these things we want. To really get out there and confirm what we’re learning back at the shop is another thing.”

Ryan Hunter-Reay during testing at ISM Raceway. Photo: IndyCar

Andretti continued, “Yeah, I don’t think we should look at it like we’re behind the eight ball. With a four-car team, that’s where we can use it to our benefit. So far so good.”

Teammate Ryan Hunter-Reay, echoed Andretti’s sentiments, adding that while the situation is not perfect, they will need to adapt to it in order to remain competitive.

“Any time you have a new car, to put it into perspective, we’re on track three days on a road course before we get to (the season open in St. Petersburg). That’s a very short amount of time. It’s obviously not ideal, but we’re just going to lace up our boots and get on with it. That’s all you can do.”

Andretti Autosport will have one more team test, at Sebring International Raceway later on in February, before the season-opening Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.

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