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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.”

Conor Daly honors friend killed Saturday amid Indianapolis unrest

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IndyCar driver Conor Daly posted a poignant tribute to Chris Beaty, a former Indiana University football player and Indianapolis business owner who was killed Saturday amid protests and rioting in the city.

Daly said he got to know Beaty, who owned an event and marketing promotions company, five years ago when he was organizing Indianapolis 500 afterparties.

Daly annually had been involved in Beaty’s parties since then and said Beaty helped get him home earlier this year when Daly’s blood sugar crashed while at an event.

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“The world lost a tremendous person. RIP Chris Beaty,” wrote Daly, who also tweeted “The violence has to stop.”

According to the Indianapolis Star, Beaty died after suffering multiple gunshot wounds during Saturday night’s unrest in downtown Indianapolis. It’s unclear if the shooting was tied to the protests.

Graham Rahal also posted about his interaction with Beaty.

Daly, Rahal and the rest of the IndyCar Series will return to action Saturday night at Texas Motor Speedway (8 p.m. ET, NBC).