FIA needs to toughen up testing inspections – Brawn

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Mercedes team principal Ross Brawn has called on the FIA to keep a closer eye on whether teams are breaking the testing regulations.

Last week Brawn’s Mercedes team were banned from attending the Young Drivers’ Test after they were found to have conducted a three-day test for Pirelli at the Circuit de Catalunya.

“The FIA are now looking at the whole issue,” said Brawn in an interview for Autosport.

Brawn said rival teams “have been doing filming days at Idiada – can you explain that one to me?” Idiada is typically used for straight-line aerodynamic testing.

“The whole issue of testing has slipped over the years and now needs correcting, and we all need to have a clear picture for the benefit of everyone,” said Brawn.

“The FIA will take this opportunity to rebase all the testing and other activities that teams do, although next year will be a little easier than at the moment as it is anticipated there will be organised full test days.”

The ban on in-season testing was introduced in 2009 on cost control grounds. But the FIA is expected to confirm a relaxing of the rules for next year, allowing teams to do four two-day tests during the season.

Takuma Sato’s likeness revealed on Borg-Warner Trophy (PHOTOS)

Photos; Walt Kuhn
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INDIANAPOLIS – Rather than the traditional December unveil, this year’s reveal newest likeness added to the Borg-Warner Trophy came Tuesday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum.

Takuma Sato got to see the result of the sculpting done by William Behrends and then turned from wax, clay and ceramic into sterling silver on Tuesday evening, as the winner of the 101st Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil saw his face revealed on the trophy.

Sato took the No. 26 Ruoff Home Mortgage Honda for Andretti Autosport to the win in thrilling fashion this year over Helio Castroneves, denying the Brazilian his fourth Indianapolis 500 victory in the process. It atoned for his near-miss in 2012, driving for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, the team he’ll return to in 2018.

It’s been a whirlwind last week-plus for Sato, doing the podium interviews at the Japanese Grand Prix, reflecting on his Indianapolis 500 triumph, then sharing the victory spoils with another Japanese pilot in Yoshihide Muroya, who won the Red Bull Air Race World Championship at Indianapolis this weekend.

Photos of Sato’s face on the most unique trophy in sports are below. This post will be updated following tonight’s full unveil. (All photos: Walt Kuhn)