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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.

Red Bull Air Race: Yoshi Muroya joins Sato as Japanese champs at Indy

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Takuma Sato isn’t the only major Japanese athlete to take home top honors at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway this year. Countryman Yoshihide Muroya joined him in that on Sunday after winning Red Bull Air Race at IMS, and the Red Bull Air Race World Championship in the process.

Fittingly, the 101st Indianapolis 500 champion was there on site to join him in the celebration.

Muroya flew with a track-record run in the final and erased the four-point deficit to points leader Martin Sonka. The record run came after a disappointing qualifying effort of 11th in the 14-pilot field in the Master Class.

A day after the win, Muroya joined Sato in heading to Sato’s new Verizon IndyCar Series team, Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing’s, Indianapolis-based shop.

A few social posts from Muroya’s victory and the subsequent celebration are below.

CHECKING OUT EACH OTHER’S RIDES

ASTLES BREAKS THOUGH AS WELL

Muroya wasn’t alone among big winners at the Speedway. In the Challenger Class, Melanie Astles of France became the first woman to win a major race at IMS, and is the first female winner in the Red Bull Air Race World Championship.

Nine women have competed in the Indianapolis 500 (Janet Guthrie, Lyn St. James, Sarah Fisher, Danica Patrick, Milka Duno, Simona de Silvestro, Pippa Mann, Ana Beatriz, Katherine Legge) and Mann is the first woman to have been on the pole position at IMS, having done so for the Freedom 100 in 2010 in Indy Lights.

Photo: Joerg Mitter/Red Bull Content Pool