Penske’s Will Power played down the issue of rain water leaking into his cockpit from IndyCar’s new-for-2020 aeroscreen during the ongoing test at Austin.
At the two-day test at the Circuit of the Americas beginning on Tuesday, drivers were met with rain and fog as well as low temperatures, meaning most drivers did not run in the heavy rain and few completed consecutive laps all day.
But Power ran a couple of laps around the track as a reference for double Supercars champion Scott McLaughlin, who will race a fourth Penske entry in May’s Indianapolis road course race.
Power got extremely close to the rear of the New Zealander’s car in order to check visibility through the aeroscreen in the wet.
The device – developed by Red Bull Advanced Technologies – will be raced for the first time in 2020 after an extensive development programme with IndyCar.
“Actually, I really wish someone ran in the wet-wet so we could know where all the water gets in,” said Power.
“We already saw areas where the water was getting in.
“Seems like it needs a lip around the top because water drips in as you drive.
“Water got in underneath the screen and also dripped in from the top.
“The aeroscreen is great – the rain just clears, and there was no fogging. But the rain does drip in on your steering wheel and on your visor.
“It would be an easy fix with just a little lip [on top of the screen frame].”
Power and Arrow McLaren SP’s new signing Patricio O’Ward (pictured below) both praised the aeroscreen for working so well as an add-on to an existing chassis, rather than being fully integrated into the original design.
Although O’Ward struggled with cockpit ventilation last November in his initial test with the aeroscreen, he and Power agreed that visibility was very good.
“You don’t even recognise there’s a screen there,” said Power.
“You’re focused way up there, not what’s right here [near your face].”
O’Ward added: “The screen eliminates some of the view you have at the near sides [low, where the screen attaches to the cockpit], but anywhere in front and around where you normally can see, there’s nothing different at all, which to me is impressive.
“You would think that with what is basically bullet-proof glass, you would lose some of the picture or get distortion, but not at all…
“You can see your mirrors, you can see beside you.
“Basically, everything you have to see is perfectly clear.”
Published at Wed, 12 Feb 2020 14:34:52 +0000
Renault has teased the first images of its 2020 Formula 1 challenger, which the team says is an “evolution” of last year’s RS19.
The team published glimpses of the new RS20 online and during a Paris event with its management and 2020 drivers Daniel Ricciardo and Esteban Ocon.
The 3D renders showed only parts of the car in a completely black livery.
Renault is hoping to bounce back from a disappointing 2019 season during which it dropped behind customer outfit McLaren to fifth in the constructors’ championship and scored fewer points than in 2018.
Team boss Cyril Abiteboul said Renault’s goal for 2020 was to regain fourth position behind the top teams.
“2020 is a pivotal year,” said Abiteboul.
“It is the end of a cycle and the beginning of a new one: we want to be present with the finalisation and conclusion of commercial agreements in the medium and long term.
“Of course it needs to take into account 2019, which is a year underneath our ambitions.
“The ambitions need to be moderated, need to be attained, need to be realistic.
“The objective is to be fourth, that is realistic and possible.
“We want to hold ourselves to reliability at the beginning of the season, and aggressive development through the season and realism on the track, nothing unrealistic on that.
“To attain that and get where we want to go we need to look at the medium and long term.
“This year needs us to enable to continue moving ahead and in line with our objectives which are more ambitious.”
French driver Ocon has joined Ricciardo in the team’s line-up, replacing Nico Hulkenberg, after spending a year on the sidelines in 2019.
F2 race Guanyu Zhou has also been announced as the team’s test driver, following the departure of Jack Aitken.
Renault’s new car will hit the track at Barcelona when pre-season testing begins next week.
Published at Wed, 12 Feb 2020 14:27:52 +0000