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  • #295425
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    Keith Collantine
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    The FIA has given Montagny a two-year ban and disqualified him from the results of the Malaysian round of the Formula E championship.

    FIA Anti-Doping Disciplinary Committee

    Mr Franck Montagny – Decision notified on 24.03.2015 Mr Franck Montagny (FRA), who participated in the Putrajaya (Malaysia) event of the FIA Formula E Championship and who was selected for a doping control on 22 November 2014, tested positive for Benzoylecgonine (a metabolite of Cocaine registered under point S.6a of the 2014 WADA Prohibited List).

    Mr Franck Montagny was provisionally suspended as from 23 December 2014.

    The FIA Anti-Doping Disciplinary Committee (ADC) held a hearing on this case in Paris on 19 February 2015.

    Decision of the ADC

    The ADC has concluded that an Anti-Doping Rule Violation according to Article 2.1 of the 2014 FIA Anti-Doping Regulations – “Presence of Prohibited Substance or its Metabolites or Markers in a driver’s Sample” – has been established.

    As a consequence, the ADC has decided to impose the following sanctions on Mr Franck Montagny:

    1. A disqualification of all competitive results obtained by Mr Franck Montagny between 22 November 2014 and 23 December 2014, as well as the result obtained by Mr Franck Montagny in the Putrajaya event of the FIA Formula E Championship, with all of the resulting consequences including forfeiture of any trophies, points and prizes;

    2. A sanction of ineligibility for a period of 2 (two) years, starting on 23 December 2014 (beginning of his Provisional Suspension) and expiring on 23 December 2016.

    Mr Franck Montagny has 21 days in which to appeal this decision to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

    #295370
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    Keith Collantine
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    Here’s the shortened version of the Monaco Grand Prix track which Formula E will use for its race. As well as cutting out around half of the circuit they will use a tighter bend at Sainte Devote:

    Monaco ePrix circuit, 2015

    #295091
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    Given the unfolding row between Red Bull and Renault, Friday’s press conference could be a very interesting one indeed. What would you ask this line-up?

    Thursday
    Fernando Alonso (McLaren)
    Daniil Kyvat (Red Bull)
    Felipe Nasr (Sauber)
    Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari)
    Nico Rosberg (Mercedes)
    Carlos Sainz Jnr (Toro Rosso)

    Friday
    Cyril Abiteboul (Renault)
    Matthew Carter (Lotus)
    Robert Fernley (Force India)
    Paul Hembery (Pirelli)
    Christian Horner (Red Bull)
    Franz Tost (Toro Rosso)

    #294798
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    Keith Collantine
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    Smashing pic of Hamilton there @tommy-c – you must be proud of that one!

    IMG_0310-2

    #294760
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    Keith Collantine
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    Thanks @andae23 – I’m planning to run this tomorrow BTW.

    #294758
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    Keith Collantine
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    I’m no aerodynamics expert but it looks very much to me like they’re cramming wings onto every available surface to crank up downforce as much as they can regardless of how much more drag it creates. I mean, just look at the front wing on that Andretti car!

    I’m very interested to see if this is just what they’re doing at this stage in testing, whether the cars are going to race like this, or whether we’ll see them paring back the number of elements they use at some tracks.

    #294753
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    Keith Collantine
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    I do wonder if the car might be a bit of a Le Mans special, i.e. one that suits the particular high-speed nature of La Sarthe but not so much the other circuits on the WEC calendar. But even so you’d think they’d try to run at Spa if they could as a next best thing to being at Le Mans.

    #294720
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    Keith Collantine
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    Here’s the new Honda Civic Type R:

    Honda Civic Type R BTCC 2015

    Honda Civic Type R BTCC 2015

    Honda Civic Type R BTCC 2015

    Honda Civic Type R BTCC 2015

    #294710
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    Keith Collantine
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    Rosberg’s running with it:

    #294665
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    Keith Collantine
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    A few more pictures. Like Hinchcliffe’s new livery a lot:

    Juan Pablo Montoya Penske IndyCar NOLA 2015

    Juan Pablo Montoya, Penske

    Sebastien Bourdais KV IndyCar NOLA 2015

    Sebastien Bourdais, KV

    Stefano Coletti KV IndyCar NOLA 2015

    Stefano Coletti, KV

    James Jakes Schmidt Peterson IndyCar NOLA 2015

    James Jakes, Schmidt Peterson

    James Hinchcliffe Schmidt Peterson IndyCar NOLA 2015

    James Hinchcliffe, Schmidt Peterson

    Helio Castroneves Penske IndyCar NOLA 2015

    Helio Castroneves, Penske

    Gabby Chaves Bryan Herta IndyCar NOLA 2015

    Gabby Chaves, Bryan Herta

    Francesco Dracone Dale Coyne IndyCar NOLA 2015

    Francesco Dracone, Dale Coyne

    Carlos Huertas Dale Coyne IndyCar NOLA 2015

    Carlos Huertas, Dale Coyne

    Luca Filippi Ed Carpenter IndyCar NOLA 2015

    Luca Filippi, Ed Carpenter

    Stefano Coletti KV IndyCar NOLA 2015

    Stefano Coletti, KV

    Will Power Penske IndyCar NOLA 2015

    Will Power, Penske

    #294664
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    Keith Collantine
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    Looks like they’re also testing something akin to the ‘Info Wing’ Force India tried in Abu Dhabi last year, on Coletti’s car:

    Stefano Coletti KV IndyCar NOLA 2015

    See: Force India run fan-friendly ‘Info Wing’ at test

    #294594
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    Keith Collantine
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    Hoping we see plenty of this during the season – different drivers within teams using different elements of the aero kits:

    #294568
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    Keith Collantine
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    More of the cars testing at NOLA, including Stefano Coletti in the KV machine:

    Will Power Penske IndyCar NOLA test 2015

    Will Power Penske IndyCar NOLA test 2015

    Will Power, Penske

    Tony Kanaan Ganassi IndyCar NOLA test 2015

    Tony Kanaan, Ganassi

    Stefano Coletti IndyCar NOLA test 2015

    Stefano Coletti, KV

    Simon Pagenaud Penske IndyCar NOLA test 2015

    Simon Pagenaud, Penske

    Sebastien Bourdais KV IndyCar NOLA test 2015

    Sebastien Bourdais, KV

    Scott Dixon Ganassi IndyCar NOLA test, 2015

    Scott Dixon, Ganassi

    Sage Karam IndyCar NOLA test 2015

    Sage Karam, Ganassi

    Josef Newgarden CFH IndyCar NOLA test 2015

    Josef Newgarden, CFH

    James Jakes Schmidt Peterson IndyCar NOLA test 2015

    James Jakes, Schmidt Peterson

    Jack Hawksworth Foyt IndyCar NOLA test 2015

    Graham Rahal RLL IndyCar NOLA test 2015

    Graham Rahal, RLL

    Charlie Kimball Ganassi IndyCar NOLA test 2015

    Charlie Kimball, Ganassi

    Carlos Munoz Andretti IndyCar NOLA test 2015

    Carlos Munoz Andretti IndyCar NOLA test 2015

    Carlos Munoz, Andretti

    #294539
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    In fact that’s such a cracking video I think that deserves a feature of its own on the home page. And this time I will credit the right person…

    #294538
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    Keith Collantine
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    Definitely! I’ve been looking at the YouTube search API actually, trying to develop a better tool…

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