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IndyCar does what F1 doesn’t want to do during ‘difficult weather conditions’

Thanks to the perseverance and preparation of the organizers, the fifteenth round of the IndyCar championship was able to go ahead in full despite difficult weather conditions.

Just like in Formula 1, IndyCar also races in the rain and on street circuits that is not really a problem, but when racing on ovals it is a bit more complicated. The speeds are extremely high and the slightest that a car loses contact with the road surface can have dramatic consequences.

Last Saturday the weather gods were not on the side of IndyCar at the race in Gateway and the race organizers immediately anticipated by bringing the start of the race by half an hour. That is the maximum that could be brought forward to stay within the limits of the TV broadcasts.

It must also be said that the organizers were also lucky that a number of showers passed right next to the track, but with 217 of the planned 260 laps on the clock it was price and the red flags had to be removed. With more than eighty percent of the race distance behind the choosing, it could have been decided not to start and to draw up a result.

But the organizers persevered and two hours and nineteen minutes after the race was halted the engines started roaring again to complete the remaining laps. Those who braved the rain and mud during the Belgian GP last year know that it can be done differently

It is not completely black and white of course, because in Gateway the black and white checkered flag was only waved after four hours and forty minutes. In F1 there has been a rule since 2012 that a race must be flagged at the latest four hours after the start and in 2021 that was even tightened to three hours.

In the case of the Belgian GP in 2021, F1 can certainly be blamed for awarding half-points in the world championship for a charade and for keeping the fans, who in most cases have been loyal in their posts for years, out in the cold. to leave.

This season there has also been a lot of buzz about the Monaco GP which effectively flagged a race that could have easily been completed. When the race ended, conditions were good and there was still plenty of time to complete fourteen laps with regard to sunset, but race officials were forced by regulations to end the race.

No one who doesn’t like Sergio Perez, but with fourteen laps to go, and certainly with the Mexican’s worn tires in mind, it could have been exciting. Then it is a pity that a race has to be flagged because the race management has to follow regulations that are open to interpretation in many cases.

Perhaps F1 should look more at the United States in this regard, where they really want to make the weather nice and where the organizers can still ensure that the fans get value for money for less money.

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