FIA president Jean Todt and Formula One CEO Bernie Ecclestone have claimed a big political victory after the FIA World Motor Sport Council approved a mandate for the duo to make changes in the sport.
Ecclestone and Todt have been battling against the major manufacturers in F1 over the past few months to try and reduce costs and make changes to improve the sport.
A recent move from the governing body and commercial rights holder to introduce an alternative engine solution to the sport – understood to be a 2.2-liter V6 engine to that used in IndyCar – was rejected by the F1 Commission.
However, following the latest WMSC meeting, a statement was issued on Wednesday confirming that Todt and Ecclestone now have a mandate to make changes and calls regarding a number of pressing matters.
“The World Motor Sport Council approved, by a near unanimous number (just one vote against), a mandate for the FIA President, Jean Todt and the Representative of the Commercial Rights Holder, Bernie Ecclestone to make recommendations and decisions regarding a number of pressing issues in Formula One such as governance, Power Units and cost reduction,” the statement reads.
“Mr. Todt and Mr. Ecclestone expressed their intention to establish conclusions on these matters by 31 January, 2016.”
The WMSC also made a number of other announcements regarding the future of F1, including the publication of the final calendar for the 2016 season that now lists the United States Grand Prix as being ‘subject to agreement’.
Other changes included the approval of a third dry tire compound for races in 2016 and the introduction of the Virtual Safety Car to practice sessions, while DRS usage after VSC periods has now become immediate.
Finally, Ferrari has been given permission to supply power units to a fourth team for 2016, all but confirming that it will once again become Toro Rosso’s engine partner for the new season.
The NTT IndyCar Series will be sharing Indianapolis Motor Speedway with the NASCAR Cup Series in a race weekend doubleheader for the second consecutive season, but both series will be on the road course in August 2021.
IMS announced Wednesday that IndyCar will hold an Aug. 14, 2021 race on its 14-turn, 2.439-mile road course. It’ll be a day before NASCAR’s premier series runs the same layout for the first time after the Brickyard 400 was contested on the 2.5-mile oval for the first time in 27 years.
This season’s rescheduling of the IndyCar GMR Grand Prix to July 4, 2019 (a day before the Brickyard 400) led to the first NASCAR-IndyCar doubleheader weekend. The Xfinity Series also raced on the IMS road course for the first time July 4 after the IndyCar race ended.
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IndyCar will be holding its second race weekend this year at the IMS road course Friday and Saturday with the Harvest GP.
“Our first NASCAR-INDYCAR weekend was a big success last July, with positive feedback from
our loyal fans who watched the races on NBC and from the drivers, teams and participants
involved,” IMS president Douglas Boles said in a statement. “The Xfinity Series’ debut on the IMS road course provided exactly the kind of thrilling action from the green to checkered flags that we anticipated, so we know the teams and drivers of the Cup Series will put on a great show as they turn left and right for the first time at IMS.
“We can’t wait to welcome back fans to see NASCAR and INDYCAR together during this
exciting weekend as we add another memorable chapter in the long, storied history of the
Indianapolis Motor Speedway.”
It also will mark the first NASCAR Cup-IndyCar doubleheader with a crowd as fans weren’t permitted at IMS in July because of the novel coronvavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Over the course of Wednesday, NASCAR is releasing its 36-race slate for next season. IndyCar has yet to release its full 2021 schedule.