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Horner: 2017 F1 technical regulations a ‘compromise’

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Christian Horner believes that the proposed technical regulations for Formula 1 in 2017 do not go far enough, calling them a “compromise”.

F1 bosses are in the process of finalizing the revised technical rules for next season as they look to improve the on-track racing with a set of new radical regulations.

Officials are targeting an increase of pace of five seconds per lap by increasing the downforce and mechanical grip that cars can have.

With an agreement not being struck at the last F1 Commission meeting in Geneva at the end of February, the FIA postponed finalizing the new regulations until the end of April.

Speaking to the official F1 website, Horner said that the teams know the majority of the new regulations and will likely already be making plans for next season.

“It was planned for the end of February, but because nobody can decide these days it was postponed until April,” Horner said.

“As we already know with a fair degree of certainty what the regulations are for next year, I should think all teams are now balancing their resource between 2016 and 2017.”

Horner said that the new regulations were the result of a compromise, with his belief being that they are not radical enough.

“The cars will have more downforce, more mechanical grip. They will look more aggressive and be more of a challenge for the drivers,” Horner said.

“It is not carried as far as we would have liked – it’s a compromise solution – so let’s see.

“It is better than standing still.”

The 2017 F1 sporting technical regulations are set to be finalized on April 30.

Helio Castroneves ‘hustling’ for IndyCar, IMSA rides; talking with four to five teams

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As his season gathers steam, Helio Castroneves said his prospects for finding new rides for 2021 in IMSA and IndyCar also are gaining momentum.

The three-time Indianapolis 500 winner said Monday he is optimistic about landing in either or perhaps a combination of both series when Team Penske and Acura end their DPi partnership after this season.

“A lot of people I spoke with, four to five teams, are interested,” Castroneves said. “Whether it’s doing Indy 500 only, whether it’s pushing to do full time or do the sports cars as well. It’s been a very nice conversation.

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“I have a lot of respect for all the teams that have been talking, and I feel the same feedback. We just have to wait for their (sponsor) connections, and I’m also looking for some connections on my side as well, so hopefully we’ll be able to put this together and get something very soon.”

Given two decades of success with Penske in IndyCar and IMSA, Castroneves’ resume hardly needs burnishing. But the Brazilian has combined with co-driver Ricky Taylor in the No. 7 Acura DPi to win the past two overall victories at Road America and Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta.

But Castroneves, who doesn’t have a manager, said he has been working the phones hard rather than wait for the strong results to bring in the calls.

“At this point, I feel like I’m the one who needs to be talking to them because people need to know I want to continue racing and understand my desire,” Castroneves, 45, said. “There is opportunity, no question, in both (IndyCar and IMSA), which I’m really happy about it. However, because of the COVID-19, a lot of things sometimes have to be a little delayed. But I’m excited. Whatever the opportunity and whatever destiny guides me, whether IndyCar or sports cars, trust me I’ll be as happy as it could be and doing my 100 percent like I always did.

“It’s like politics, you need to be out there, good news or bad news. People have to make notice of your presence. I’m hustling. I want to continue to keep it going. Hopefully, we’ll have good news very soon.”

The news has been all good lately on track for Castroneves and Taylor, who hope to continue their run Sunday at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

The No. 6 duo has surged to sixth in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship standings, 10 points out of the lead with four races remaining. After thinking there was “no hope” to be competitive after opening the season with three consecutive poor finishes, Taylor now sees an opportunity for a happy ending.

“With the program going away, Helio has won all the big races and given so much back to the team and left such a mark, he’s really part of Penske history,” Taylor said. “For me, it’s been an opportunity of a lifetime to be a part of it. I’d like to leave my little mark as well. Helio has won everything except for a championship.

“Obviously, we’ve won races already together, but we can win a championship now. I think if both of us can do that together and both win our first championship for ‘The Captain,’ that would be an absolute dream come true, and we can tie a bow on it and be happy.”