Mallya urges teams to deal with new rules

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Force India team owner Vijay Mallya has urged his rivals in Formula 1 to stop lodging complaints and moaning about the new regulations for the 2014 season and simply accept the decisions taken by the FIA.

Following the change from V8 to turbocharged V6 engines, as well as a number of other alterations to the technical, there has been an outcry from many of the technical directors and designers in Formula 1. Red Bull’s Adrian Newey has made no secret of his distaste of the new regulations, whilst in Bahrain Bernie Ecclestone and Luca di Montezemolo met to discuss how to fix the “taxi driver” racing that was due for 2014 in the Ferrari president’s eyes.

Of course, what happened on track was anything but taxi driver racing.

Speaking to veteran journalist Adam Cooper, Mallya was unsympathetic for his rival’s gripes.

“An FIA World Council decision is an FIA World Council decision,” he explained. “Everybody has accepted it, the investments have been made, the engines are running. What is there to comment on now?

“Everybody has their own opinions. In this sport unfortunately the teams can’t stick together and have one voice, so it’s something that one has got used to, that everyone has his own opinion.”

Mallya was faced with a similar problem last year when some teams successfully lobbied for a change in the construction of the Pirelli tires. After this change for the German Grand Prix, Force India’s form immediately nosedived whilst Red Bull and Sauber found pace.

“We could have complained last year when after Silverstone Pirelli changed the tyres,” Mallya said. “I could have moaned and groaned every day, and said the team’s performance has been compromised. But where does it get me? Nowhere.”

Mallya’s attitude is certainly a refreshing one, but it must be noted that none of the Mercedes-powered teams (including Force India) have raised too many problems with the regulations. Instead, those who have struggled off of the back of last season – namely Red Bull and Ferrari – have raised concerns.

Al Unser Jr. back in IndyCar after a decade away: ‘Life is very good’

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There’s been somewhat of a hole in Al Unser Jr.’s heart ever since he retired from racing in 2007.

It was a void, something was missing.

But now, after a decade away from racing, Unser has found the right medicine to fill that hole in his heart: he’s back in the racing game again.

No, he’s not driving again (although he does participate occasionally in vintage races), but the two-time Indianapolis 500 (1992 and 1994) winner is definitely back in the IndyCar world.

And he couldn’t be happier.

“For me, it’s a dream come true,” Unser told IndyCar.com. “Since I stepped out of the race car and retired from racing, there’s been something missing from my life, and it’s racing.”

Unser has hooked up with Harding Racing. The team competed in three races last season as a ramp-up for a full 17-race effort this season. While Unser’s official title with the team is “consultant,” he’s involved in so much more.

His main role is as a driving coach to 2015 IndyCar Rookie of the Year Gabby Chaves. But he’s also involved in so many other areas, including helping the team obtain sponsorships and much more.

He then added, “I’m involved in every sense of the word except actually driving the car. And I’m happy about that because I’m too old to drive the car.”

Unser, who won CART championships in 1990 and 1994, is now 55. He’s so involved with his new job that he even moved from his native New Mexico and has relocated to suburban Indianapolis.

Not only is it a new start for Unser, it also is for Chaves. After running all 16 races in 2015 for Bryan Herta Autosport with Curb-Agajanian, he competed in just seven races for Dale Coyne Racing in 2016 and only three races for Harding Racing last season.

But he definitely impressed the team, with a fifth- (Texas) and ninth-place (Indianapolis 500) finish in the first two races and 15th (Pocono) in the team’s final run of the season.

That’s why when Harding Racing decided to go fulltime in 2018, Chaves was their pick for behind the wheel. And Unser was their pick to help guide him to potential stardom in the series.

“(Team owner) Mike Harding is definitely a person that when he decides to do something, he does it right,” Unser told IndyCar.com. “The potential for this organization is through the sky. We’re all working really hard here and we see the potential.”

And as for Unser?

“Life is good, life is very good,” he told IndyCar.com. “We’re back full force, eager and better than ever.”

Click here for the full story about Unser from IndyCar.com.