IndyCar-Aerokit 2018: Routiners with beginner mistakes
During the rookies at the IndyCar season kick-off in 2018 in St. Gallen, Germany, the Rookies will play a major role. Petersburg were immediately convinced, some of the experienced stars obviously found it difficult to convince themselves.
The IndyCar season kick-off last weekend in St. Gallen. Petersburg saw the race debut of the unified aerodynamics that many people longed for. The new Aerokit for Dallara, which has been in use since 2012, kept its promise.
There were thrilling scenes on the track. Unlike in the era of manufacturer aerokits, some contact between two cars did not immediately lead to poultry salad in the form of flying carbon.
Striking was in St.. Petersburg, however, that the rookies – led by pole sitter and long-time top rider Robert Wickens – shone. In addition to Wickens, Jordan King and Matheus knew how to impress with their IndyCar debut. In return, some of the established stars had a hard time of it and made some hair-raising mistakes in the race.
The start was made by Will Power, who set his penske bolide back to the wall in the first round. I was surprised that he stuck his nose in curve 2,”recalls Wickens and continues:” I left him room, but I didn’t know what he was planning to do. Either way, he wouldn’t have been able to make it in turn 3 outside next to me. After the early change of the rear wing and a race to catch up from behind, there was no more than tenth place for Power.
In round 7 it was Graham Rahal who made a mistake. In turn 1, the Rahal rider colossally slowed down, grabbing Spencer Pigot’s Carpenter Chevy on target,”I have to apologize to Spencer for the incident early in the race,”said Rahal, who finished second on the podium, while Pigot was only 15th after an immense loss of time due to the collision. was.
New Aerokit hardly forgives mistakes
Rahal explains how it came to the brake:”These cars forgive very little. If you only slip by a metre and a half, you’ve got your hands full. That’s difficult. That’s frustrating, but it’s the as-is state. These cars are much more challenging than anything we’ve driven so far. I don’t mean that it would be harder to get up to speed. It is simply easier to make mistakes. The ridge is very, very, very narrow.”
At 35. of the 110 laps, four-time IndyCar champion Scott Dixon was far from glorious. The stage was again curve 1. The New Zealander in Ganassi services slowed down even more colossally than Rahal a few laps earlier. Rahal’s teammate Takuma Sato was more suffering in the case of Dixon, as Pigot had previously been cleared by Rahal.
For the incident, Dixon was fined for “avoidable contact”, as the rules state. He had to continue the race from the end of the lead lap. There he was anyway because of a necessary change of front wing. A short time later, Dixon received a second punishment. In the pit lane, the otherwise sovereign Ganassi star was “flashed”. Two rookie mistakes in just one race – Dixon hasn’t seen anything like that in a long time.
Speaking of rookie: In the penultimate lap, Alexander Rossi took the front runner Wickens out of the race in curve 1 and lost the IndyCar rookie from Canada the possible victory in the debut.
What remains is the realization that Will Power, despite his driving error, is particularly impressed by the new aerokite:”It was a bit of a frenzy at times,”remarks the Penske pilot, pointing out:”The car allows for good racing. You can really close to the front door. You did a really good job with this aerokit. It needs virtually no slipstream. I think that makes the racing better.”
The second race of the 2018 IndyCar season starts on the 7th day. April on the one-mile oval in Phoenix and thus under completely different circumstances. But the next city circuit is already on the agenda for the following weekend: 15. In April, Long Beach will be battling for the positions. Whether the routiners on the Californian city circuit will act more confidently than in St. Peter. Petersburg?
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