F1’s Strategy Group could face legal challenge


F1 teams have raised concerns over the new Strategy Group which is meeting for the first time today.

Changes in the composition of F1’s rulemaking bodies means the consent of just six of the eleven teams is required to bring in changes providing all FIA and FOM representatives are in agreement.

This has provoked concerns among smaller teams the Strategy Group will be used to bring in customer cars, something smaller teams have been fighting against, as it could place their business model in jeopardy.

McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh told Autosport it was possible the group’s decisions could face legal challenges from teams excluded from the rule making process.

“People are not choosing to legally challenge,” said Whitmarsh. “It’s running along, but at some point someone will become sufficiently agitated by an issue.”

“Any individual, I think, could really start to challenge this through some legal route, and I think the sport would then be very untidy indeed.”

Formula One Group CEO Bernie Ecclestone has been trying to introduce customers cars for several years. This would allow teams to run old chassis sold by other teams.

As car development accounts for a significant part of F1 teams’ budgets it would bring their cost of competition down, but could risk undermining constructors such as Sauber, Williams and Force India.

SuperMotocross set to introduce Leader Lights beginning with the World Championship finals


In a continuing effort to help fans keep track of the on track action, SuperMotocross is in the process of developing and implementing leader lights for the unified series.

Currently Supercross (SMX) utilizes stanchions in the infield that are triggered manually by a race official. At least two stanchions are used in each race as a way to draw the eye to the leader, which is especially useful in the tight confines of the stadium series when lapping often begins before the halfway mark in the 22-bike field. This system has been in place for the past two decades.

Later this year, a fully automated system will move to the bike itself to replace the old system. At that point, fans will be able to identify the leader regardless of where he is on track.

The leader lights were tested in the second Anaheim round this year. An example can be seen at the 1:45 mark in the video above on the No. 69 bike.

“What we don’t want to do is move too fast, where it’s confusing to people,” said Mike Muye, senior director of operations for Supercross and SMX in a press release. “We’ve really just focused on the leader at this point with the thought that maybe down the road we’ll introduce others.”

Scheduled to debut with the first SuperMotocross World Championship race at zMax Dragway, located just outside the Charlotte Motor Speedway, a 3D carbon fiber-printed LED light will be affixed to each motorcycle. Ten timing loops positioned around the track will trigger the lights of the leader, which will turn green.

SMX’s partner LiveTime Scoring helped develop and implement the system that has been tested in some form or fashion since 2019.

When the leader lights are successfully deployed, SuperMotocross will explore expanding the system to identify the second- and third-place riders. Depending on need and fan acceptance, more positions could be added.

SuperMotocross is exploring future enhancements, including allowing for live fan interaction with the lights and ways to use the lighting system during the race’s opening ceremony.