An exciting end to the first Grand Prix of Indianapolis and a tense win for Simon Pagenaud.
But a few worrying moments during the race – the start-line crash, Martin Plowman’s aerial collision with Franck Montagny, and the incident which left James Hinchcliffe injured, about which we are still awaiting further updates.
I really think standing start is actually not a good idea for IndyCar. I mean, these cars are so wide, it makes impossible for a someone two rows back to dodge a stalled car in-front. Also, race control needs to change their restart procedures as well. Those restart cockups are nothing but embarrassing. Hope Hinch is okay. Thinking of him.
Best wishes for Hinchcliffe – wasn’t clear to me what went on down the back straight, but any sort of concussion and it’s got to cast serious doubts on his fitness to run around Indy in the usual direction for the rest of May.
Those bunched restarts have to change, they just look wrong – as if the leader’s going stupidly slow. But as Graham Rahal said on TV after he was a victim of the restart, those road-course rear wings are so big, the drivers can’t see a thing from behind another car – and that’s an issue for standing starts as well. And a little less downforce could be a good thing – it’s certainly made F1 more of a spectacle.
As I understand it, the piece of debris that hit Hinchcliffe was carbon fibre from Wilson’s car on the back straight, at full speed. Fortunately not as heavy as the spring that injured Massa a few years back.