Williams set to re-introduce 2012 exhaust

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Williams could be set to revert back to their 2012 specification of exhaust following a poor start to the 2013 season.

Pastor Maldonado has two DNFs to his name, whilst Valtteri Bottas finished 14th in Australia and 11th in Malaysia.

The team was forced to change its exhaust design after it was deemed illegal by the FIA due to the presence of turning vanes in the coanda channel during testing. This setback, coupled with the late start for the FW35, has seen the team fail to score in the opening two races, causing this rethink.

“We’re of the opinion at the moment that a FW34-type of car would be faster,” technical director Mike Coughlan explained in an interview. “I don’t think we’ll go back to an FW34.

“We might go back to an FW34 style of exhaust system and treat Fridays as tests across cars.”

The move would hinder the development of the FW35, but due to the lack of changes in the regulations this season, using the 2012-spec exhaust is unlikely to see the team fall too far back. However, with the team having spent a great deal of time and money on the 2013 car, Williams will be disappointed to be contemplating such action just two races in to the new season.

Weather prompts INDYCAR to move up start time of today’s race in Alabama

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The scheduled starting time for today’s Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park has been moved up due to inclement weather in the Birmingham, Alabama area.

The command to start engines is now scheduled for 3:01 p.m. ET, rather than the previous scheduled start of 3:35 p.m. ET.

In addition, the INDY LIGHTS race, previously scheduled to start at 1 p.m. ET, saw its starting time moved up to 11:45 a.m. ET.

According to several different weather forecasts, thunderstorms are predicted for the afternoon, with some forecasts calling for up to 100 percent chance of storms.

The rain is expected to continue into the evening and on into Monday.

INDYCAR officials are monitoring the very fluid situation and further schedule adjustments could be made.

We’ll keep readers up to date on further changes here on MotorSportsTalk.