No. 81 DragonSpeed Oreca 07 and No. 52 PR1/Mathiasen Ligier JS P217. Photo courtesy of IMSA

Roar Before the Rolex 24 WeatherTech, Continental test results

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The three-day Roar Before the Rolex 24 test is complete for 2017. While it isn’t an outright determination of who will star later this month at the Rolex 24 at Daytona itself, times from this test could give a good indication of what’s to come.

Test results are below for both the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge.

More overall notes and observations from the weekend will follow in a separate post.

WEATHERTECH CHAMPIONSHIP

Friday: Session 1, Session 2
Saturday: Session 3, Session 4, Session 5
Sunday: Session 6, Session 7
Overall: Combined

CONTINENTAL TIRE CHALLENGE

Friday: Session 1, Session 2
Saturday: Session 3, Session 4
Sunday: Session 5, Session 6
Overall: Combined

Hamilton: Abu Dhabi ‘the last race with good-looking cars’ in F1

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Lewis Hamilton believes that this weekend’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix will be remembered as the last race with good-looking Formula 1 cars ahead of the introduction of the ‘Halo’ cockpit protection for next year.

Officials from the FIA and F1 Strategy Group confirmed earlier this year that the Halo would be fitted to all cars from the 2018 season in a bid to improve safety standards, with the deaths of Justin Wilson and Jules Bianchi putting head protection high on the agenda for the series’ chiefs.

Hamilton has long made his opposition to the Halo clear, believing it will ruin the look of F1 cars, and echoed his thoughts ahead of the final Halo-less race in Abu Dhabi this weekend.

“It’s the last year of looking good I think in the cars. It’s the last race where the cars will look good,” Hamilton said.

“I think next year, it’s all downhill from there in terms of how they look.

“But safety will go up at least, and maybe it could be successful in some way.”

Hamilton’s F1 title rival Sebastian Vettel was less bothered about the change, believing the field will adjust and move on.

“The cars will look different next year. Everything I’ve seen so far looks different, but on the other hand it is something we all get used to,” Vettel said.

“But no doubt the cars look better now, but we’ll get used to it, and we’ll work on the aesthetics so it can be better. It is less of a big deal.”

Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo shared Vettel’s view, saying: “I don’t think it’s gonna be as dramatic as most people make it out to be.”