FIA suffer telemetry failure at race control`

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Due to a telemetry failure at race control, drivers will be unable to receive information from the FIA for the opening round of the 2013 Formula One season.

Under flagged conditions, the drivers usually receive information via a light system in their cockpit, informing them to slow down under yellow flags, let a faster car pass under blue flags, or even stop completely if a red flag comes out. However, they will be without this information for the sessions in Melbourne this weekend.

The FIA issued a statement saying “due to reliability problems with the telemetry link between race control and the cars we will be disabling this with immediate effect. We will do our best to give as much information from race control as we can.”

The biggest problem is that the DRS system will be compromised. Following the activation of the system after two laps, race control will be unable to de-activate as normal under wet or safety car conditions. However, drivers will still be forbidden from using DRS in this situation.

Should the safety car make an appearance in the race, the FIA will be unable to set the cars to ‘safety car mode’ as usual, forcing drivers to make the switch manually.

Although problems like this do occur from time-to-time, teams will be forced to take extra care to avoid breaking the rules and subsequently receiving a penalty. The FIA will be doing all they can to rectify the situation in time for the race tomorrow.

AJ Foyt Racing promotes Benjamin Pedersen from Indy Lights to IndyCar for 2023 season

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Benjamin Pedersen is the first driver to land a promotion from Indy Lights into IndyCar for next season as AJ Foyt Racing confirmed Wednesday he’ll be part of its 2023 lineup.

Pedersen, a 23-year-old dual citizen of Denmark and the United States, spent last season running the full Indy Lights schedule for HMD Motorsports. Linus Lundqvist, his teammate, won the Lights title, and Pedersen finished fifth in the final standings. Pedersen earned his only win earlier this month when he led every lap from the pole at Portland.

Pedersen also ran four races for HMD in 2021 with back-to-back runner-up finishes in his debut. Pedersen landed on AJ Foyt Racing team president Larry Foyt’s radar through a “trusted colleague” and Pedersen spent most of last season shadowing the IndyCar team.

His promotion to IndyCar comes ahead of all four drivers who finished ahead of him in the Indy Lights standings, including champion Lundqvist.

“We are really looking forward to having Benjamin as part of the team,” Larry Foyt said. “His enthusiasm is infectious, and he is 100 percent committed to IndyCar, AJ Foyt Racing, and doing the best he can to win races.

“It’s been great to have him embedded with the team this past season, and everyone is excited to hit the ground running when testing begins. It is also great to have a multi-year program in place, which will help him and the team grow together.”

Foyt did not announce a car number for Pedersen. Kyle Kirkwood spent his rookie season driving AJ Foyt’s flagship No. 14 but Kirkwood is moving to Andretti Autosport. The team has not yet announced if Dalton Kellett will return for a fourth season, and a third car for Tatiana Calderon was pulled from competition after seven races because of sponsorship non-payment. Shutting down Calderon’s team removed the only semi-regular female driver from the IndyCar field.

Pedersen, however, was signed to an agreement Foyt said “spans multiple seasons as the team plans to develop the young rookie and is aligned to a longer-term plan for AJ Foyt Racing.”

Pedersen was born in Copenhagen but raised in Seattle and currently lives in Indianapolis. He said his time shadowing the IndyCar team has given him a jump on his rookie preparations.

“I’ve spent a lot of time this season with AJ Foyt Racing learning the ins and outs of making the jump to IndyCar and it’s been really nice to do that in conjunction with my Indy Lights season,” Pedersen said. “IndyCar has been my target goal since I started open wheel racing in 2016. The racing, atmosphere, fans, events, tracks, etc. are all awesome.”