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Toro Rosso passes crash test with 2017 F1 car

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Scuderia Toro Rosso has passed the FIA crash test with its new car, the STR12, ahead of the 2017 Formula 1 season.

Toro Rosso is set to field an unchanged line-up from the end of the 2016 season, having raced with Carlos Sainz Jr. and Daniil Kvyat from the Spanish Grand Prix onwards.

The team will return to Renault power for 2017 after using year-old Ferrari engines last year, hindering the team’s progression and development towards the end of the season.

Toro Rosso confirmed on Friday that its chassis for the 2017 season, the STR12, has passed the mandatory crash test.

The new car is poised to break cover in the week leading up to the start of pre-season testing, which is due to commence in Barcelona, Spain on February 27.

New Formula E champ, teammate fined for ‘underwear violation’

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During this past weekend’s pair of season-ending races in New York, newly-crowned Formula E champion Jean-Eric Vergne and Techeetah teammate Andre Lotterer were fined nearly $6,000 apiece for, well, there’s no easier way to say it than, “underwear violations.”

According to Jalopnik.com, the two drivers were fined for “wearing non-compliant” underwear during qualifying for Sunday’s second and final race of the weekend.

In addition to cash, the duo also lost two penalty points each for violating Article 30.14 of the Formula E 2017/2018 regulations.

In case you’re wondering, the violation has nothing to do with not wearing the right sponsor’s brand of jockeys or boxers.

Rather, Formula E ruled the underwear the drivers wore was a “safety issue” and that the drivers were penalized for wearing “non-compliant” underwear.

Drivers are required to wear fire- and flame-resistant outer- and under-garments while behind the wheel to help minimize the risk of being burned in the event of a crash and resulting fire.

Here’s how Formula E characterized the violation in a statement about Vergne’s penalty

“After checking the clothes, helmet and front head restraint of the driver, it was found that he was wearing non-compliant underwear pants which are not allowed by the [FIA’s] international sporting code. The driver apologized. The stewards consider that in this case the infringement occurred during group qualifying with limited cars on circuit for a short period of time.”

It’s not the first time Formula E drivers have been penalized for having on the wrong kind of drawers.

Former F-E champ Lucas di Grassi was penalized three points and nearly $10,000 in March for fire-resistant underwear that FIA officials called “too short.”

Gee, who knew that pre-qualifying “inspection” could be so personal?

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