WMSC confirms Le Mans date, approves minor WEC and FE rule changes

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The FIA has announced the decisions taken by the World Motor Sport Council on Friday, including confirmation of the date for the 2017 24 Hours of Le Mans and the approval of new technical regulations in the FIA World Endurance Championship’s privateer LMP1 class.

Following the FIA Sport Conference in Turin, the WMSC met to discuss plans for 2017, although no decisions exclusively linked to Formula 1 were taken.

LE MANS DATE, LMP1-L TECH CHANGES CONFIRMED

Ahead of last weekend’s race at Le Mans, the Automobile Club de l’Ouest (ACO) announced that the 2017 edition would take place on June 17-18, with WMSC confirmation following today.

“The following dates for the 2017 24 Hours of Le Mans have been approved for 17 and 18 June 2017 – the test day will be on 4 June 2017,” part of the statement read.

“The remaining FIA World Endurance Championship calendar will be approved at a later date.”

At the same presentation by the ACO, the planned changes to the technical regulations for the privateer LMP1 class (LMP1-L) in the WEC for 2017 were also confirmed, again being ratified by the WMSC on Friday. These are:

  • Increase of chord and width of rear wing
  • Increase of width of front part of the bodywork
  • Lower minimum weight 830kg
  • Only one fuel flow meter
  • No required torquemeter
  • No engine quantity limitation
  • No restriction in engine capacity

FORMULA E GETS MINOR REG CHANGES, BUT NO CALENDAR

With the finale of Formula E’s second season just over one week away, plans for the third campaign are in full swing and a calendar had been expected to receive approval from the WMSC.

However, the only Formula E-related decisions come in the sporting regulations, where three minor changes have been made for the 2016-2017 season:

  • Introduction of licence points, similar to that used in Formula One
  • Awarding only one point for the fastest lap in a race instead of two
  • Introduction of a “Power Ramp Down” when the consumption limit is exceeded

According to a report from Autosport, the draft calendar – including new races in Montreal and New York – that arose over the Berlin ePrix weekend was put to the WMSC, only to be rejected.

SAFETY BONUS INTRODUCED TO FIA CHAMPIONSHIPS

As part of the work by the FIA Safety Commission, a new ‘safety bonus’ has been introduced to championships under the umbrella of the federation, tying in with the superlicence points system introduced last year.

“For the FIA Championships where a penalty points system is in place, any driver having competed in the entire championship without being given any penalty point will be granted a ‘Safety Bonus’ – an additional two points on top of their achieved [superlicence] points,” the statement reads.

“Both the FIA Formula E Championship and the International V8 Supercars Championship have been added to the superlicence points system.”

To see the full statement including changes for the FIA World Rally Championship, FIA F3, plans for an FIA F4 World Final and other decisions take, click here.