Telemetry problems continue for the FIA


The FIA has failed to solve the problem preventing any communication between the cars and race control for the race in Malaysia.

Last weekend at the Australian Grand Prix, the drivers were fed information from their engineers alone, whereas they can usually rely on a lights system in their cockpit when under any flagged conditions or a safety car.

This also meant that DRS could not be automatically disabled, and many drivers were under investigation for using the system when it would normally have been unavailable. The FIA did appreciate the difficulty the teams were facing, and did not hand out any penalties.

Once again, drivers will be without any cockpit lights in Malaysia which provide information under flagged conditions. If the safety car is deployed, drivers will have to manually put their car into “safety car mode”, and they will have to manually control when they use DRS.

Autosport believe that the issues could be due to the FIA changing their telemetry supplier in the off-season, causing these teething problems.

Newgarden fastest as Castroneves returns in weather-shortened Barber test

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The Verizon IndyCar Series took to Barber Motorsports Park on Tuesday for an open test, with 24 entries tackling the 2.38-mile road course.

Weather intervened in the afternoon, preventing nearly the entire field from going out, but the weather held off during the morning enough for one session to be run in its entirety.

Team Penske’s Josef Newgarden led the way, with a quick lap of 1:07.979, ahead of Team Penske teammates Will Power and Helio Castroneves. For Castroneves, this marked his first IndyCar outing of 2018.

Helio Castroneves was back in an IndyCar on Tuesday at Barber Motorsports Park. Photo: IndyCar

Sporting the Pennzoil “yellow submarine” paint scheme, Castroneves turned 41 laps around Barber in the morning session, with a quick lap of 1:08.315. He was also the only driver to venture out on track in the afternoon, completing eight laps.

The Dale Coyne Racing duo of Sebastien Bourdais and Zachary Claman De Melo completed the top five.

Results are below.