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Castroneves signs IndyCar extension with Meyer Shank for 2023

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In the round-up: Four time Indy 500 winner Helio Castroneves will compete in the series in 2023 after signing a one year extension with Meyer Shank Racing.

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Castroneves signs IndyCar extension with Meyer Shank for 2023

Four time Indy 500 winner Helio Castroneves will compete in the series in 2023 after signing a one year extension with Meyer Shank Racing.

The 47-year-old will race in his 17th full season in the IndyCar Series with the Meyer Shank team – the team with which he won his fourth Indy 500 in 2021. Castroneves currently runs 18th in the drivers’ standings this season with a best finish of seventh in the championship’s marquee event.

“I’m super optimistic for an amazing season because of everything that we have built this season – all the positive data and positive energy,” said Castroneves.

“I can’t thank Mike and Jim enough and of course all of our partners. There is no question that we are all super excited to continue this amazing partnership.”

Silverstone track invasion protesters appear in court

Six climate change protesters arrested after staging an on-track protest during the opening lap of the British Grand Prix have appeared at Northampton Crown Court.

The six protesters broke onto the Wellington Straight as the British Grand Prix started wearing orange clothing with the slogan “Just Stop Oil”. By coincidence, the race was immediately red flagged due to the horrific accident involving Zhou Guanyu, but several cars passed the protest at a reduced speed.

All six have been charged with conspiracy to cause public nuisance with two of the six remanded in custody ahead of a later hearing on 3rd October.

Masi set to take on Australian Supercars role

Former FIA Formula 1 race director Michael Masi will reportedly step into the role of chairman of the Australian Supercars commission.

Masi was relieved of his duties as Formula 1 race director following the controversial finish to last year’s championship deciding Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. In investigation by the FIA determined that Masi had acted in “good faith” but had made an “error” in applying the Safety Car rules. The FIA recently confirmed that Masi had left the organisation to return to his native Australia.

As reported by the Herald Sun, Masi is in line to replace Neil Crompton as chairman of the Australian Supercars commission, which is involved in developing rules and regulations in the popular touring car championship.

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As the debate over overtaking in Formula 1 continues with a observable increase in on-track overtakes in 2022 so far, @f1frog hops in with the view that it’s time to try the new ground effect F1 cars without DRS…

In general I think this has been a great season, as most races have been very exciting and we have had usually two, sometimes three teams in the mix. It hasn’t been as good as 2021, but only one season in F1 history was better than 2021 in my opinion, and that was 1976.

But, as others have said, I am sure it is time for DRS to be scrapped in 2023, as the new cars are much better at following closely and so we can still have close battles without it, and giving the teams notice would give them time to build their cars for next year knowing that they will need to be able to follow closely and slipstream to overtake.

But no DRS would make overtaking harder and defending easier, so the art of racecraft would be far more important. Jarama 1981 is an example of a race that could never happen with DRS. The Spanish GP in 2022 was also an example of this because, on a track that is hard to overtake on anyway and with Verstappen’s DRS faltering, Russell was actually able to defend his position despite being slower, and it made for a longer period of good racing. Perhaps we could try a phased scrapping of DRS with only certain tracks allowing it, and that can start with no DRS zones at the final race at Spa-Francorchamps next weekend, a track where it has always been far too powerful.
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  • 8 comments on “Castroneves signs IndyCar extension with Meyer Shank for 2023”

    1. “How can a game that came out in 1991 (Microprose Grand Prix) have VASTLY superior AI than the current F1 game?”

      Amen to that, I spent many an hour on the Atari ST using the keyboard for controls, kids today dont know there born ;-), can still remember when I beat Mansell`s lap record of 1:16.346 at Mexico. I still play GP3, GP4 and Grand Prix Legends now even though Ive got F1 games on XBox and Assetto Corsa on PC.

      1. Just beter progammeurs Like David Brabam (Elite on a 3,5″ floppy disk) ….

    2. Perhaps we could try a phased scrapping of DRS

      Perhaps and try is the wrong take, the powers that be will curate the outcome to go whichever way they want in that circumstance. Just see sprint races…

      Do, or do not… There is no try.

      1. You’re right. Never test anything. Just go full tilt into new rules with no regards for the possible consequences.

        … much like F1.

      2. Eh, there’s a quite a lot of fans who really love sprint races and the first season trial made teams hesitation in them disappeared as well (the original proposal didn’t pass, they had to modify it to take out elements). Keep in mind that at least 8 teams had to agree to it and even then it was a one year basis. They liked it and decided to do more.

        Unless you count teams as “the powers that be” in which case you’re right, cos it is their sport afterall they (along with FOM and FIA) can collectively decide whatever they want.

    3. Brazil Sprint would be a good session for DRS-free experimentation in racing conditions.

      1. Yeah that’s a good one @jerejj, though I don’t think Liberty will want to risk less overtaking in the sprint as that’s one of the things that make it have potential.

    4. It’s called rubberbanding and is usually a conscious design decision in many racing games. Frustrates some people though.

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