Updated 2010 F1 rules include new testing, engine and safety car regulations

Rookie substitutes like Jaime Alguersuari will get test sessions in 2010

Rookie substitutes like Jaime Alguersuari will get test sessions in 2010

The FIA has published an updated version of the 2010 F1 sporting regulations.

It adds many of the changes announced earlier such as the new ten-place points system and refuelling ban, as well as a few other small-but significant changes.

The testing restrictions will be even tighter in 2010 and drivers who perform mutliple engine changes in a weekend will now get extra penalties. Pit space – which will be at a premium next year – will now be allocated evenly between the teams.

The new changes include:

  • Changes to how drivers are given time penalties after a race
  • A reduction in the amount of one-day aerodynamic tests a team may conduct from eight to six
  • Teams may now substitute aerodynamic test days for 24 hours of full-scale wind tunnel testing
  • Teams which choose to bring in a driver with no prior F1 experience will be permitted an extra days’ testing on a non-calendar track
  • A new clause stipulates that pit space will be allocated “on a strictly equal basis” – this space will be under pressure with the addition of new teams in 2010
  • Teams are no longer allowed to use powered devices to lift the cars in the pit lane
  • Although tyre warmers remain legal a new clause says the heating element may only act on the surface of the tyre
  • There are new restrictions on how teams can test tyres
  • Drivers who use two additional engines during a weekend will be moved back ten places on the grid at that race and the next one
  • Drivers who get away slowly on the formation lap and cannot start from their designated starting position must start the race from the pit lane.
  • During safety car periods drivers must lap slower than a designated lap time displayed in their cars

Here are the revised regulations in full:

Read more: F1 2010 Season

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47 comments on Updated 2010 F1 rules include new testing, engine and safety car regulations

  1. Some of these new regulations seem quite odd…

    (Oh and could you please post a link in your article or subsequent comments to the regulations, as I’m obviously having a blond moment and can’t seem to find them on the FIA’s site, and would like to read them later for explanations to the changes. Also could you enable the download button on the drop.io please. Ta)

  2. gpcampbell said on 16th December 2009, 18:43

    Thank goodness for Jean Todt, if we had max we could of ended up with one weekend of testing at Rye House go-kart track. Id still like to see a mid season test, the week after a race as to keep costs down. (Moto GP did this at the end of the season)

    Seems mostly decent rule changes, and the enginge thing was to stop the proposed vettel tactic (tho he never carried it out) where he was to drop 20 places to get 2 new enginges.

  3. Here’s the link to the document

    Sport > Regulations > Formula One World Championship:
    http://argent.fia.com/web/fia-public.nsf/B113B92B22ACE29CC125768D002AF688/$FILE/1-2010%20SPORTING%20REGULATIONS%2011-12-2009.pdf

    Some quite sensible changes, in my opinion.

  4. manatcna said on 17th December 2009, 1:09

    “Teams are no longer allowed to use powered devices to lift the cars in the pit lane”

    What’s the difference how the cars are lifted?

  5. adaptalis said on 17th December 2009, 4:06

    Can anyone clarify if the “lapped cars may now unlapped themselves” during safety car rules still apply?

    • I don’t think that rule still applies because according to rule ‘During safety car periods drivers must lap slower than a designated lap time displayed in their cars’. so they cannot overtake the cars which have lapped it because I’m sure the designated lap time displayed in all the cars will be same.

  6. Younger Hamilton said on 23rd December 2009, 0:35

    i had a perfect Regulation Drivers who make through to Q3 cant be on one stop strategies but since Refuelling is banned thats never Possible

  7. krremi said on 9th March 2010, 17:18

    that no refull rule is stupid. At least it seems to me so.

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