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FIA, F1 set for security discussions after Brazil incidents

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The security incidents that popped up repeatedly for teams during last weekend’s Brazilian Grand Prix has prompted the FIA and Formula 1 to discuss them in further detail at the next meeting of the World Motor Sport Council, which will be held on December 6.

Mercedes, Sauber and Pirelli personnel were all at risk at various points during the weekend, and a Pirelli tire test scheduled after it with McLaren was jointly scrapped on account of the security concerns.

The Interlagos circuit in Sao Paulo is unique on the Formula 1 calendar with its short lap distance, compromise between high speed straights and tight middle infield and significant elevation changes. But as it sits in the middle of a city where there’s a gap in income between the visiting F1 teams and personnel and many of the locals, it’s often become a hotbed for concerning issues.

The FIA released this statement on Wednesday as a result of the weekend proceedings:

The FIA has requested that reports be collated by the Commercial Rights Holder (Formula 1) concerning the incidents and presented to the members of the World Motor Sport Council at its next meeting on 6 December.

In the continued spirit of positive collaboration with Formula 1, the Council will then discuss the ways in which a more consistent and effective security procedure can be applied at all events of the FIA Formula One World Championship. The findings will also be shared with other FIA championship organisers to maximise the positive impact this can have across all motor sport.

Security is a cooperative effort, and the FIA will seek to work closely with Formula 1 and all its stakeholders to maintain a safe environment for everyone working at or visiting Formula 1 events.

Holmatro, INDYCAR renew partnership in five-year extension

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Holmatro, a long-time partner of INDYCAR and title sponsor of the Holmatro Safety Team, have renewed a long-standing partnership that will see Holmatro and INDYCAR continue their partnership in a five-year contract extension.

“Holmatro has been a trusted partner and supplier in Indy car racing for more than 20 years,” said¬†president of competition and operations Jay Frye. “Holmatro’s growth parallels some of the great strides made in safety for INDYCAR drivers and teams. We’re pleased to see this partnership continue, as it is a great benefit to everyone in the paddock.”

Holmatro’s relationship with INDYCAR dates back to 1991, when they first supplied tools to the safety team of the CART sanctioned PPG IndyCar World Series. Holmatro branding will continue to be featured on the firesuits, vehicles, and transporters of INDYCAR’s safety team throughout the agreement.

“Holmatro is extremely pleased to extend our partnership with INDYCAR for another five years,” said Tony Barboza, general manager for Holmatro. “We’re extremely proud to be affiliated with the premier on-track safety team in the world. Members of the safety team serve on their home fire departments when not at INDYCAR events and, like them, we believe in constant improvement and innovation. When the race is for life, you can count on the INDYCAR Safety Team and Holmatro rescue tools.”

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