Kimi Raikkonen: ‘Halo’ makes little difference to F1 cockpit vision

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Kimi Raikkonen was surprised by the small amount of difference that the ‘Halo’ Formula 1 cockpit protection system trialled earlier today made to his in-car vision.

Raikkonen’s car was fitted with the prototype Halo design for its public debut in Barcelona on Thursday as discussions about its possible implementation continue to take place.

The placement of the central pillar prompted concerns about the decreased driver visibility in the car, but Raikkonen said that although it was more limited, the difference was negligible.

“It was a little bit limited in the front, but I don’t think it’s the final version,” Raikkonen said. “Surprisingly little difference. I’m sure you’ll get used to it.”

Despite suffering a small issue on the gearbox of his Ferrari SF16-H car, Raikkonen finished Thursday at the top of the timesheets and was quietly optimistic about Ferrari’s chances going forward.

“It is normal to have some little issues during testing like we had with the gearbox today, but I am not concerned as we have time to fix it,” Raikkonen said.

“That’s the purpose of testing, learning new things and trying something different. We still have something to be done of course but it is a normal process this time of the year. It is a different story when we go racing.

“We will know pretty soon what will happen in Australia but so far the car feels good. I have no idea what the others are doing, lap times may vary with different tires and fuel levels, but we know what we are doing and we are pretty happy with the way the car is handling.

“I think we have a very good package. Time will tell if it is good enough.”

Travis Pastrana leads flag-to-flag in Nitro Rallycross as the series returns to America

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Travis Pastrana waited until the final trip around ERX Motor Park to take his Joker Lap – a longer way around the course that all drivers must do at least once in a race – and came out cleanly to win his first Nitro Rallycross race of 2022. With this win, Pastrana is the third driver to visit Victory Lane in the first three rounds of the 2022-23 season.

“This is the closest to a motocross track,” Pastrana told Katie Osborne on Peacock. “Thank you so much for a beautiful facility. It’s been a rough start to the season and I’m so thankful to be back out here. We had a good run in the side-by-side and now for this. This is much needed.”

Another thing needed was the sense of improvement. And Pastrana earned that affirmation each time he completed a lap around the course.

“I get my lap times read out and they said ‘fastest time of the week,’ ‘fastest time of the week’ (each time around) ” Pastrana said. “This is really special. We’re a long way behind in the championship, but welcome to America.”

In a pre-race press conference, Pastrana said that as Nitro Rallycross heads back to America, it was time for an American to win and he made good on his promise. Pastrana took the early lead over Robin Larsson and let the back of his Subaru hang out, taking risks he might not otherwise take if not for his need to win.

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Larsson’s second-place finish completed a perfect sweep of the podium in three rounds. In fact, he has not yet finished worse than second after winning the opening round at Lydden Hill in the United Kingdom and finishing second at Strangnas in Sweeden.

Fraser McConnel rounded out the podium for his best result of the season. He finished fourth in each of the first two rounds.

Last year, Pastrana finished second in this race to Scott Speed before narrowly edging his teammate for the championship.

Andreas Bakkerud crashed in prelims, but rebounded to finish just off the block in fourth. Bakkerud won the second round ahead of his teammate Larsson.

Oliver Bennett completed the top five.

Minneapolis is the first of three rounds scheduled in the United States. Next on the schedule is Glen Helen, Calif. on Octo 30 and then Phoenix at Wild Horse Pass on November 12th. Nitro Rallycross will then head to Saudi Arabia in December to continue their 2022-23 season.