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Adrian Newey expecting F1 field to be more spread out in early 2017

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Red Bull Racing technical chief Adrian Newey expects the Formula 1 field to be more spread out in early 2017 following an overhaul of the regulations for the new season.

In a bid to make the cars quicker and more radical, significant changes have been made to the technical regulations ahead of the 2017 season.

While power units are set to remain an important area of development for teams, aerodynamics are set to become the biggest battleground, with tire management also likely to be key.

The last significant rule changes in 2014 and 2009 both resulted in the grid being shaken up, and Newey – the mastermind behind Red Bull’s capitalization of the shift in regulations in 2009 that ultimately yielded four straight world titles – expects the same to occur in 2017.

“It will almost certainly mean the grid will be a bit more spread out to start with. Whenever there is a regulation change, some teams read the regulations better than others,” Newey told Sky Sports.

“Typically the big teams, who have the bigger resource, read them better, but when we had the last big regulation change in 2009 that wasn’t the case, it was Brawn and ourselves who read them correctly, and the grandees, then Ferrari and McLaren, who struggled a bit.

“Whenever you have regulation change, you have lots of ideas which you have to channel down to a direction and a philosophy for the car.

“Although we are one of the bigger teams we don’t have the resources to look at them all avenues simultaneously. It’s ‘this is the avenue we believe is the correct one’ and we hope we are right.

“There is always the chance that there is an avenue or direction which someone else has taken which is superior.”

A recent report from Italian publication La Gazzetta dello Sport showed what the 2017 cars are expected to look like, donning a render in the Ferrari 2016 livery.

MRTI: Telitz gets creative to help racing career

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To say that Belardi Auto Racing’s Aaron Telitz has endured a difficult start to the 2018 Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires season would be an understatement. The Wisconsin native only completed four corners through the first three races – Races 1 and 2 at St. Petersburg, and Race 1 at Barber Motorsports Park – with St. Pete being especially problematic.

He took the pole for Race 1, but a crash during qualifying for Race 2 prevented him from actually starting. What’s more, the damage was so severe that the Belardi team needed a brand new chassis, with Telitz’s Dallara IL-15 damaged beyond repair.

They also had to borrow a car from Carlin for Race 2, but Telitz’s race ended after he got tangled up with Victor Franzoni in Turn 2 on Lap 1.

With the damage bill well into the six figures as a result, Telitz has taken to some unique, or rather, creative ways to raise money in the aftermath to help cover the costs. “Creative,” in this case, meaning Telitz is using his art skills.

An artist in his spare time, Telitz has begun selling his own original paintings to help raise money.

 “I’ve been to a lot of art shows and I see stuff and I go, ‘Holy cow, someone’s going to pay a thousand dollars for that thing?’” Telitz quipped in a story posted on the Milwaukee Journal.

In discussing his artistic abilities, Telitz added, “I’m working at getting better. I’d like to be able to paint some animals, those types of things. I got a request from Alexander Rossi to see if I could paint his dog. Unfortunately I can’t do that yet.”

Further, in a partnership with The Styled Garage, Telitz is selling his own merchandise, and accepting donations, to help his cause.

Telitz finished fourth in Race 2 at Barber on Sunday, and sits seventh in the Indy Lights championship, 59 points behind leader Pato O’Ward.

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