Domenicali hints at further 2010 rules changes and return of KERS (Video)

Stefano Domenicali and his drivers at a campfire at Madonna di Campiglio

Stefano Domenicali and his drivers at a campfire at Madonna di Campiglio

F1 could have more compulsory pit stops and further changes to the points system in 2010, according to Ferrari team principal Stefano Domenicali.

He also said he wants to see KERS return in 2011 and gave a firm vote of confidence to his two drivers Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa.

See the video interview with Domenicali in full below.

Domenicali revealed the teams will have a meeting with the FIA to finalise the rules for 2010. He said:

We are working to improve the show. We are thinking to modify the points, maybe the number of pit stops, type of tyres and a lot of things are going on.

It is important that this has to be finalised by the end of the month because then we need to have one and a half months to make sure that all the people around Formula 1 – media, public, spectators – will understand the changes because this is fundamental for the credibility of our sport.
Stefano Domenicali

He hopes to see KERS return in 2011, albeit a cheaper version. He also said they want to reduce downforce on the cars further in 2011.

Domenicali believes Mercedes, Red Bull and McLaren will be the most competitive teams in 2010 – along with Ferrari.

Watch the video in full below (higher quality version coming soon):

As far as the changes regarding the rules are concerned Domenicali said that the F1 Commission will meet on 1 February, ahead of the foreseen agenda, to give the world of F1 the time to assimilate the novelties, which will be discussed and made official. There will be further modifications of how the points in the Championship will be assigned and possible changes regarding the show?s improvement on the agenda. Asked about the safety level on the track with cars filled with petrol Stefano replied: “I don?t think that more petrol on board will be dangerous, but it will be the different number of pit stops and the consequential congestion of the pit lane, which will make the difference.”

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92 comments on Domenicali hints at further 2010 rules changes and return of KERS (Video)

  1. What about mandatory overtaking??? come on…

  2. Robert McKay said on 13th January 2010, 16:19

    In Autosports article Domenicali hints about tweaks to quali – nothing major, but some sort of discussion on tyres?

    • Robert McKay said on 13th January 2010, 16:21

      Oh, and another revision to the scoring system…that may at least do what we want and increase the gap between first and second.

  3. wasiF1 said on 13th January 2010, 16:33

    Will hate the idea of compulsory pit stops.

  4. Josef said on 13th January 2010, 16:38

    Mandatory pitstops are ridiculous!!

    No refuelling is great, reduce downforce and increase mechanical grip by using bigger tyres and just leave it at that please!!

    The options of tyres should be free as they used to be during the 90’s, e.g. A, B, C and D compounds and everyone should be free to choose which they would like to use and this will result in different amounts of stops which everyone should choose for themselves.

    More rules to “spice up” the action are artificial. Racing should be natural, so stop destroying the tracks and stop introducing rubbish rules.

    I have been go-karting for a long time and it’s great because there aren’t so many silly regulations.

    Overtaking should happen because of a natural reason (a faster driver coming up behind a slower driver), not because of a rubbish mandatory pitstop or an even worse hairpin-straight-hairpin sequence.

  5. Stefano Domenicali wants more number of compulsory pit stops. From this we can assume that the Ferrari is hard on tyres and it would like its disadvantage to be nullified by making others pit. Oh God Save F1 from this filthy team. After Michael Schumacher left Ferrari, Domenicali is speaking nonsense.

    Points I’m not sure and have no idea but pit stops SHOULD NOT BE MANDATORY. Then we can see some terrific action by some drivers who don’t make a stop and some with a one stopper.

    • DanThorn said on 13th January 2010, 17:49

      Really? Please, the whole Ferrari are evil thing is a bit old now. Last years F60 was the easiest on its tyres too, and Ferrari have traditionally had cars which are easier on their tyres. Besides, I don’t see where Stefano explicitly said ‘we want more compulsory pit stops’ at all.

  6. A Singh said on 13th January 2010, 16:57

    Please, please, please don’t shorten the races

  7. Jim N said on 13th January 2010, 17:24

    Keith, I know that you hate the idea of compulsory pit stops – How about starting a pettition against them. I for one would be happy to sign.

  8. Eastman said on 13th January 2010, 17:35

    With no refueling further dropping the number of overtakes this year, I’d expect to see them add a secondary tyre stop before they ever would consider removing the one.

    Those pricey pit lane luxury boxes want to see action in the pits on raceday and requiring two tyre stops would be an easy way for the FIA to spoil their most prized fans.

  9. KERS would be a good idea if it had been used with cleverness. But it’s a maturity question. Time may be good to this.

    I think all teams came to use this system so we’ll have a great boost in Formula 1.

  10. thestig84 said on 13th January 2010, 17:50

    I totally agree with the consensus above. “Show” is so scary just leave it.

    Im now really really concerned they are going to add another pit stop. Whats next touring car success ballast!? Grrrr.

    The most concerning thing for me is FOTA. They really are not living up to my expectations. Most have their ideas seem based on appealing to the masses. Whatever happened to the asking the fans aspect they were supposed to be going for????? Ive NEVER seen a survey. I think FOTA’s “fans” are just money grabbing voices inside their own heads.

    • thestig84 said on 13th January 2010, 20:08

      James Allen replied to me about where are these FOTA surveys they promised.

      Apparently they havent got round to it. Pathetic!!! If they spent less time round tables thinking of useless knee jerk rule changes they might have a spare few days maybe even hours to put up a survey website.

      Im sure even Keith could do one for them is they asked nicely!! I am very disappointed in FOTA

      • Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 13th January 2010, 20:16

        FOTA did a survey last year, I put the results up in March:

        FOTA’s F1 fans survey results in full

        One of their conclusions was:

        Fans are most interested in seeing driver skill and least interested in changes to the regulations

        They should remind themselves of a few of those findings.

        • thestig84 said on 13th January 2010, 20:44

          Thanks, I dont remember seeing that. Still 8,500 ‘fans’ asked. Not really an exhaustive survey, more a general F1 survey, and one that is nearly a year old.

          Why not release a survey when they are thinking of these last minute panic rules. At least then if the majority of fans agreed with the changes they could be more confident the public wont be demanding them to change them asap

        • Hakka said on 14th January 2010, 14:58

          Interesting.

          They might have forgotten.

          Or they’ve seen data to suggest that variation in driver skill is minimal in F1 …

  11. sato113 said on 13th January 2010, 18:58

    sorry, but next year will the optimum strategy be to stop once or twice for tyres? (presuming mandatory pitstops aren’t in the rules…)

  12. theRoswellite said on 13th January 2010, 19:35

    …from way out West.

    Must agree with Robert McKay (sorry Bob!) when he questions the statement of Red Andy that points for qualifying and fastest lap are ..”totally against the spirit of F1″, a position I believe Keith is also in agreement with.

    I would submit that the “spirit of F1″, whatever that might be, should certainly have as a core element…pure speed, both in car and driver; and that if this is the case then it should be rewarded as an important element of the championship and reflected in the points. There certainly is historical precedent.

    But, more importantly, what it will do is add more emphasis on the events of Saturday, the actual qualifying, and on an additional competition going on within the race itself…fastest lap.

    I realize the opponents of this position envision cars, which are running out of the points, pitting to reconfigure in an attempt to grab a FL point. But it is far more likely that, with a point up for grabs, the fast boys will be attempting to set the best time…when their cars are NATURALLY in a quick mode (lighter on fuel, fresh tires, “quicker track”). If the organizers and the media kept the fastest lap, and the driver who set it, conspicuously displayed then it would soon become an integral part of each race.

    And also importantly, if races are becoming processional, as apparently some people fear under the new ban on refueling, then the fastest lap would ADD not distract from the race.

    Sterling, Jimmy, Gilles, and Ayrton…men we remember today not for “managing” their way to wins or championships, but for an incredible gift for speed.

    F1 could benefit by showcasing this gift in the most predominate manner possible.

    • Platine said on 14th January 2010, 22:42

      I agree that speed should be rewarded, but its a race, only race positions should determine points.

      It would be farcical, low position cars pitting to set up several times, cruising to get clear track so they can pop it, P26, pitted 6 times, running on minimal fuel, doing qualy laps until crashing out – it wouldnt work.

      Qualifying is qualifying, pole and track position is its own reward.

  13. Call me old-fashioned, but what exactly is wrong with a single compound and letting teams approach their strategy however they like from there?

  14. manatcna said on 14th January 2010, 7:50

    Well, if there are mandatory pit stops for tyres, why not fuel at the same time?

    Just kidding :)

  15. Maciek said on 14th January 2010, 8:43

    I think what really scares me is the mention of congestion in the pit lane – what the hell does that suggest? Mandatory stops after so many laps, like in Indy?… or teams have to bring both their cars in on the same lap…? or some other “show improver”?

    • Prateek said on 14th January 2010, 10:17

      “I don’t think that more petrol on board will be dangerous, but it will be the different number of pit stops and the consequential congestion of the pit lane, which will make the difference.”

      I was hoping he was referring to the fact that the pit lane will have to accommodate more pit boxes for the 3 new teams.
      But that wouldn’t be a consequence of more number of pit-stops, would it?

      Vague, much.

    • I wondered what that meant as well. Under the rules as they are now the only cause for congestion will the three extra teams

      However as the cars will only be pitting for tyres not fuel I would have thought it more likely that the laps drivers pit on would be more varied as each drivers tyre wear rate will be different, rather than how it was with refuelling when for example the optimum time for a fuel stop is lap 20 you could expect most of the cars to come in within a lap or two of that lap.

      • Platine said on 14th January 2010, 22:33

        I would have thought that simplifying the equation will mean pit stops coincide more frequently, especially if everyone is on the same compound, tyre wear wont vary enough to split the stops. Interesting.

  16. Sussudio said on 14th January 2010, 10:43

    Introduce a KERS system which actually gives the driver electric shocks everytime they touch the button and they can use it as many times as they please. That would separate the men from the boys. “OH here it is boys, Touch it at your Peril” kind of rule.

  17. Halleluliah! For a moment there I thought I was in a minority of one who is in support of kers…

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