More DRS at Hungarian Grand Prix

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The FIA has increased the length of track on which drivers can use DRS at the Hungaroring ahead of this weekend’s race.

Overtaking has always been difficult at the Hungarian track and it is hoped this year’s changes will remedy that.

In addition to the previous DRS zone on the start/finish straight, drivers will also be able to activate their rear wings at the exit of turn one, for the short straight leading to turn two.

A single detection point will be used for the two zones, located at the penultimate corner. A driver who is within one second of the car in front will then be able to deploy DRS through both of the zones.

Whether that will be sufficient for them to overtake could prove decisive in this weekend’s race. Last year Lewis Hamilton won despite coming under pressure from Kimi Raikkonen, as the Lotus driver was unable to get close enough to attempt a pass.

However Raikkonen believes the usual policy of qualifying at the front and staying there will be the best ticket to victory at the Hungaroring:

“I have finished second in Hungary too many times, so I know how important it is to lead the race after the first corner,” he said. “DRS or not, it’s never easy to overtake at the Hungaroring.”

“To get the weekend right, you have to have good sessions in FP1, FP2 and FP3, then a strong qualifying session and finally a perfect start to the race.”

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.