Ferrari reveals SF15-T for 2015 Formula 1 season

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Scuderia Ferrari has officially unveiled its new car for the 2015 Formula 1 season, the SF15-T.

In an online launch called “The Revelation”, the team released a video profiling the new car, which once again runs in the traditional red that the team is famous for.

Ferrari enters the 2015 season as a very different team to the one that raced in 2014. A gradual revolution at Maranello saw marque president Luca di Montezemolo, team principal Stefano Domenicali and his replacement Marco Mattiacci all leave, with lead driver Fernando Alonso also departing in favor of a move to McLaren.

Now, the team is under the management of new president Sergio Marchionne and team principal Mauricio Arrivabene, whilst four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel joins from Red Bull to partner Kimi Raikkonen.

“I said a long time ago the best car is the winning car,” Arrivabene said. “Last year we had an ugly car and it was a non-winning car. On top of this, I like the car of this year in terms of aesthetics. I don’t know about performance, but it looks really sexy.”

In spite of the changes, Arrivabene does not feel that the philosophy of Ferrari has been changed, and is instead looking to restore the spirit that can take the team back to the top of F1.

“It doesn’t affect the philosophy of Ferrari,” he said. “The philosophy of Ferrari was dictated by the founder, Enzo Ferrari.

“The work to do is to enhance the team spirit and the passion that was a little bit lost in the past few years, and to look to work together very hard with one objective: to win as much as possible.”

Since its domination of F1 came to an end in 2005, Ferrari has entered something of a dry spell, winning just one drivers’ championship in the past 10 years. Fernando Alonso’s arrival in 2010 was meant to take the team back to the top, but he was forced out at the end of last season after five unsuccessful seasons.

The arrival of Sebastian Vettel is set to rejuvenate the team, bringing with him the experience of four straight world titles between 2010 and 2013. However, he too has critics to answer after a disappointing campaign in 2014, whilst Kimi Raikkonen’s motivation has come into question in recent years.

Ferrari is not expecting to be fighting for the world championship immediately under this new regime. Arrivabene has instead chosen to remain realistic, targeting two grand prix wins in 2015. Much like McLaren, Ferrari’s revival is a long-term project.

Technically, the SF15-T’s most immediate difference to the F14-T is the lower profile nose, as forced by the new technical regulations for 2015. However, this has resulted in a sleeker nose design, making the front end of the car look more attractive.

The back end of the car is also more tightly packaged than in 2014, whilst the brake ducts and cooling systems have also been improved for the new season.

The SF15-T will enjoy its first public run-out on Sunday in Jerez, Spain as pre-season testing begins.

Indianapolis Motor Speedway can have 10,000 fans for IndyCar races

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Indianapolis Motor Speedway will have crowds for its NTT IndyCar Series race weekend next month, the first time fans are allowed at the track this year.

The track announced Friday that up to 10,000 fans will be allowed in the grandstands daily from Oct. 1-4. The IndyCar Harvest GP race doubleheader will be held on the track’s road course Oct. 2-3.

IMS has played host to several events this year without fans, including the 104th Indianapolis 500 on Aug. 23 and a NASCAR-IndyCar weekend July 4-5 that included the Brickyard 400. Plans originally were made to have fans at the Indy 500 before reversing course a few weeks ahead of the race. In a letter last month, Roger Penske vowed that fans would return for the 2021 Indy 500.

“We can’t wait to see fans come through our gates for the first time in 2020,” IMS president Doug Boles said in a release. “They’ll be greeted by a vastly improved facility, featuring significant upgrades to the spectator experience. We’re also extremely grateful to have a presenting sponsor with the expertise and resources of GMR as we look to implement our detailed and comprehensive health and safety plan.”

Fans will undergo temperature screenings upon entry and also be required to wear face coverings at all times on property. The track said each attendee will receive a mask and bottle of hand sanitizer.

The Friday, Oct. 2 race will be shown at 3:30 p.m. ET on USA, and NBC will broadcast the Saturday, Oct. 3 race at 2:30 p.m. ET.

Here’s the release from Indianapolis Motor Speedway:

INDIANAPOLIS, Friday, Sept. 18, 2020 – For the first time in 2020, Indianapolis Motor Speedway will welcome fans to the Racing Capital of the World for the INDYCAR Harvest GP presented by GMR weekend. Up to 10,000 spectators can be in the grandstands each day of racing action Oct. 1-4, per approval from the Marion County Public Health Department.

Tickets are available now via IMS.com and will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis.

The massive facility, which holds more than 300,000 people, will provide two spectator zones with up to 5,000 fans in each. The zones will be located in Turns 1 and 4 of the oval, offering strong sightlines of the road course. Strict health and safety rules will be in place, including the following:

  • Face coverings must be worn throughout the property at all times;
  • All fans will receive temperature screenings before gate entry;
  • Grandstand seats will be marked for distancing;
  • Attendees must use pre-assigned gates and remain in their designated zones.

Global Medical Response, the world leader in compassionate, quality emergency medical and patient relocation services, will be the presenting sponsor of the penultimate weekend of INDYCAR racing this season.

“We can’t wait to see fans come through our gates for the first time in 2020,” IMS President J. Douglas Boles said. “They’ll be greeted by a vastly improved facility, featuring significant upgrades to the spectator experience. We’re also extremely grateful to have a presenting sponsor with the expertise and resources of GMR as we look to implement our detailed and comprehensive health and safety plan.”

The plan, which includes each attendee receiving a mask and a bottle of hand sanitizer upon entering the track, was developed in consultation with state and local health officials.

This event weekend is highlighted by an NTT INDYCAR SERIES doubleheader, with races Friday, Oct. 2 and Saturday, Oct. 3. It will be the penultimate event of the series’ season as the field pursues the champion’s prestigious Astor Challenge Cup to be awarded Sunday, Oct. 25 at the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.

The INDYCAR Harvest GP will pay tribute to a storied IMS event, the Harvest Classic in September 1916. The Harvest Classic was the only racing event held outside of May at IMS from 1911 through 1993. The event featured three races, all won by legendary driver Johnny Aitken.

Fans also will see a host of facility improvements during the event weekend, including more than 30 new LED video boards, refreshed concession stands and restrooms, and 5G wireless connectivity throughout the facility.

The first race will air at 3:30 p.m. (ET) Friday, Oct. 2 on the USA Network. NBC will broadcast the second race at 2:30 p.m. (ET) Saturday, Oct. 3, with WTHR-13 airing the action live in Central Indiana.

Also racing that weekend will be the first pairing of two major sports car series — the Intercontinental GT Challenge Powered by Pirelli and its North American counterpart, GT World Challenge America Powered by AWS. Former Indianapolis 500 pole winner Ryan Briscoe is among the drivers in the Indianapolis 8 Hour event held Sunday, Oct. 4.

The event also will showcase drivers in SRO America’s Pirelli GT4 America, GT Sports Club America and the TC America series.

The full on-track schedule is available at IMS.com.