INDYCAR makes centerline wicker an optional part for both manufacturers

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INDYCAR has made the centerline wicker an optional part for both manufacturers, it has been announced today.

The wicker was added to the cars – both Chevrolet and Honda – prior to last week’s Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis. The wicker was meant to spoil air going over the car when in a state of yaw, or sideways.

Practice has resumed for the Indianapolis 500 this week. As of earlier in the day on Thursday, most if not all Chevrolet teams have removed the wickers from the car.

“After discussions with the Series, we have decided to remove the centerline wicker on all of our cars,” said Jim Campbell, U.S. Vice President Performance Vehicles and Motorsports, in a statement.

Meanwhile most Honda teams have kept the wickers on their cars.

NO TRIPLE ELEMENT  

The other aero note of note today was that both Takuma Sato and Jack Hawksworth – the two full-season entrants for A.J. Foyt Enterprises – were the first two Honda drivers to run without the triple element, cascading rear wing on the back of their car. See a screenshot below.

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Michael Schumacher’s son to make F1 practice debut at Nurburgring

F1 Mick Schumacher
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MARANELLO, Italy — Mick Schumacher, son of the legednary seven-time champion, will have an official Formula One drive during an F1 race weekend for the first time next week at the Nurburgring, Alfa Romeo and Ferrari said Tuesday.

Schumacher gets the practice drive in an Alfa Romeo on Oct. 9 on his home track in Germany as a member of Ferrari’s young driver program, taking over Antonio Giovinazzi’s car for the first session of the weekend.

“I am overjoyed to get this chance in free practice,” Schumacher said in a statement. “I’m going to prepare myself well, so that I can do the best possible job for the team and gain some valuable data for the weekend.”

The 21-year-old Schumacher leads the Formula 2 standings after winning races in Monza and Sochi. He won the European Formula 3 championship in 2018 and tested a Ferrari F1 car in Bahrain in April 2019. He also has done demonstration runs in his father’s old cars, most recently this month ahead of the Tuscan Grand Prix in a championship-winning 2004 Ferrari.

Michael Schumacher holds the F1 record with 91 victories, which Lewis Hamilton is on the verge of tying.

Ferrari said two other drivers in its academy program will also get practice drives in Formula One.

Callum Ilott, a British driver who is second to Mick Schumacher in F2, will drive an F1 Haas at the Nurburgring on the same day as Schumacher. Russian driver Robert Shwartzman will drive in practice for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on Dec. 11, though Ferrari hasn’t said for which team.

The German round was added to the F1 schedule after the coronavirus pandemic disrupted the season and will be officially known as the Eifel Grand Prix after a nearby mountain range. The Nurburgring last hosted F1 in 2013.