As mentioned earlier today, there was no move to overturn the “double points” rule for the Formula One season finale during today’s meeting of the FIA’s World Motor Sport Council in Geneva, Switzerland.
However, there were other agreements made in the meeting, which have now been released by the FIA. In addition to confirming plans to have cost-cutting and cost-controlling regulations presented to the WMSC in June for introduction in January 2015, the FIA disclosed multiple amendments to the 2014 and 2015 Sporting and Technical Regulations.
Those amendments were approved by the WMSC but still need to be fully ratified. First, the 2014 Sporting amendments:
- Race stewards may now impose a five second time penalty which can be taken before work is carried out on the car in a pit stop.
- Team personnel must also wear helmets during qualifying, as well as the race.
- Drivers may not stop on the slowing down lap to save fuel for sampling and subsequent analysis; this will not be considered justifiable reason for stopping.
- For 2014 only, each team will be allowed six curfew ‘jokers’, previously there were two permitted. This is to allow more flexibility for working on the new engines and cars.
There was one 2014 Technical amendment regarding the car’s weight without fuel:
- The weight of the car, without fuel, must not be less than 691 kilograms at all times during the event. The weight limit has increased by one kilogram to take into account the difference in weight between the tires in 2013 and 2014.
A single amendment was also made to the 2015 Sporting Regulations: Teams that want to be considered as constructors will now not need to design and manufacture suspension and brake ducts.
There were several 2015 Technical amendments, though, including one that involved the outlawing of a piece of equipment you see often during NBCSN’s F1 broadcasts – the tire warmers:
- The car minimum weight has been increased by 10kg, to 701kg, for 2015
- All tire heating devices will be prohibited in 2015
- For safety reasons, the front part of the chassis will not be able to climb too steeply rearward of the front of the chassis.