Russian Formula 3 Alexander Smolyar finished third in today’s season-opening race after entering the championship as a neutral competitor and switching to a plain black livery.
The FIA’s World Motor Sport Council has agreed other F1 rules changes for 2011 and 2012.
The number of wheel tethers on F1 cars will be doubled next year in a bid to improve safety. McLaren engineering director Paddy Lowe, who is a member of the Technical Working Group, explained why the steps had been taken in response to recent accidents: Tethers are a great concern to us. We had the … Continue reading Lowe explains extra wheel tethers for 2011
It comes as no surprise to learn there are yet more changes to the F1 rules planned for this year. Not only is a second change to the points system planned – the second in two months – but now some drivers may also be forced to start the race on the tyres they qualified … Continue reading Stop the needless rules changes
Autosport reveals the F1 teams are planning a change in the technical rules to ban double diffusers – but not until after the 2010 F1 season. The thinking is this will help keep cornering speeds down and hopefully reduce the turbulence coming from the back of F1 cars, allowing them to follow each other more … Continue reading A change for the better: double diffusers likely to be banned in 2011
It’s the last race of the season so we’ll be saying our farewells this weekend – some of the fondly, others not so much. One goodbye likely to divide reaction among fans is the long-awaited banning of refuelling. When we witness our final refuelling pit stop this weekend will we have lost something special from … Continue reading Goodbye to?óÔé¼?ª refuelling
The FIA’s advise to Jenson Button during the European Grand Prix goes against what McLaren were told was possible at Spa last year.
In October 1993 the first meeting of the FIA World Motor Sports Council announced that refuelling would be re-introduced into F1 for the 1994 season. Earlier this week the same body confirmed refuelling will be banned in 2010 – leading to a mixed reaction from fans. I’ve been surprised how many comments have been posted … Continue reading Why F1 will be better without refuelling
The publication today of the FIA’s budget cap plan for 2010 shows it intends to get every team competing under the spending limit. Rather than offering technical regulation that would allow cost-capped teams to compete on parity with the unlimited spenders, it seems to me the rules for next year would favour those sticking to … Continue reading FIA aims to get all teams to cap budgets using one-sided regulations
The FIA has announced further details of changes to F1?óÔé¼Ôäós technical rules for 2010. Chief among these is the widely-expected banning of refuelling and tyre warmers. The minimum weight of the cars is also being increased from 605kg to 620kg, and there are revisions to the rules governing KERS. How are these changes, together with … Continue reading How new rules will change 2010 F1 cars
F1 teams will be allowed to run to different technical regulations if they agree to limit their budgets to Â£30m (â‚¬33m / $42m) under new rules put forward by the World Motor Sports Council today.
Pat Symonds remarked recently that the radical changes in the F1 rules for 2009 were the biggest he?óÔé¼Ôäód seen since 1983. The ?óÔé¼?£formula?óÔé¼Ôäó in Formula 1 has been changed many times since the world championship began in 1950. Which were the biggest changes in recent F1 history?
One aspect of the 2009 rules I’m trying to get my ahead is how the return to slick tyres and the introduction of KERS might affect brakes. If my shaky grasp if F1 technology is right, I reckon brakes will have a seriously hard time in 2009. Check my working below.
The final 2009 F1 rules published by the FIA a few weeks ago revealed that the much-derided ?óÔé¼?£pit lane closure?óÔé¼Ôäó rule, which ruined several drivers’ races in 2007 and 2008, is finally being dropped. But today the it has revealed that instead of returning to the pre-2007 safety car rules, drives (and fans) will have … Continue reading The new safety car rules are an improvement but could still go wrong
Following Formula 1 is going to get a lot more complicated in 2009. The nature of F1 inevitably makes it harder to cover on television than other sports such as football. But Formula One Management and the television compaines that broadcast its feed will have to be seriously on the ball this year. Here’s why.
F1 Fanatic guest writer John Beamer concludes his review of changes in the 2009 F1 rules designed to allow cars to follow each other more closely and encourage overtaking.
Alianora la Canta’s rigorous analysis of the 2009 sporting rules turned up a surprising and un-announced change. The ‘pit lane closure’ rule has been dropped. The controversial rule required the pit lane to be declared closed at the beginning of a safety car period, and any driver who pitted during that time received a penalty. … Continue reading Drivers will not get penalties for pitting during a safety car period in 2009
Ferrari’s Stefano Domenicali has been talking about the changes to the F1 engine rules for 2009. Gone are the days of teams using one engine for each two consecutive rounds. The 2009 system is more complex: it could face some teams with challenging questions – especially at the end of the season – and it … Continue reading How new engine rules will affect strategy
The first fault line has opened in what so far has been the impressively solid unity of the Formula 1 Teams?óÔé¼Ôäó Association. Speaking at Ferrari?óÔé¼Ôäós annual press skiing event, Stefano Domenicali complained that BMW had vetoed the efforts of the other teams to postpone the introduction of Kinetic Energy Recovery Systems (KERS) for 2009 due … Continue reading Ferrari and BMW?óÔé¼Ôäós clash over KERS could signal a threat to FOTA unity
You can accuse Max Mosley of many things, but you can’t accuse him of being consistent. The next two years will see at least three reversals of major policy decisions taken by Mosley during his 17-year presidency of the FIA. Why the U-turns? Is Mosley being forced to take decisions he doesn’t agree with? Is … Continue reading Max Mosley’s U-turns for 2009 and 2010