Agustín Canapino: the differences with Formula 1

Looking ahead to the 2023 season, IndyCar will have an Argentine protagonist who will be Agustín Canapino from the reef, a brand new addition to Juncos Hollinger Racing . Thus, surely there will be many Argentines who turn their attention to the American category that, although it presents some aesthetic similarities with Formula 1, Canapino himself was in charge of qualifying it as ” the most complicated in the world “. Learn here some of the differences between IndyCar and Formula 1.

To begin with, the chassis of the single-seaters in the American category are all manufactured by Dallara, with designs slightly larger than those of Formula 1, in addition to the incorporation of a protective acrylic in front of each driver. In F1, by contrast, each team builds its own chassis, made mostly of carbon fiber and with slightly more futuristic designs than IndyCar.

As for engines, the IndyCar features two brands: Honda and Chevrolet . The second of these will be the make of car number 78 that Canapino will drive. As for the parent category of world motorsport, there are currently four power unit suppliers: Ferrari, Mercedes, Renault and Red Bull Powertrains . In the future , Audi could join , who confirmed their incorporation into the category for 2026.

In both cases, the single-seaters are capable of exceeding 350 kilometers per hour, although the difference lies in the moment in which they manage to do it: while in F1 it happens on the long straights, IndyCars can consistently reach those numbers in oval circuits, like Indianapolis.

The rules in the pits are other of the most noticeable differences between both categories. While in Formula 1 they are only allowed to change tires or some compounds such as spoilers, in IndyCar you can refuel in addition to changing parts . In fact, Formula 1 banned refueling during races because it considered it a risk for drivers.

Currently, Formula 1 is made up of 10 teams with two cars each, so each starting grid features 20 cars on the circuit . In the case of IndyCar, there are 26 cars that start from the starting line in each race, with the exception of cases such as the Indianapolis 500, which can present up to 33 cars.

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