FIA drops plan to reduce downforce in 2014

2014 F1 season

Lewis Hamilton, McLaren, Hungaroring, 2012The FIA has announced a series of changes to its proposed 2014 regulations.

F1 cars will retain their 2012-style aerodynamic packages, the FIA confirmed: “Changes made to bodywork design, originally aimed at reducing downforce and drag for increased efficiency, have reverted to 2012 specification.”

The FIA has also amended the proposed rules for the new V6 turbo engines with energy recovery systems “with the aim of limiting technology in some areas in order to reduce development costs”.

A plan to make F1 cars run on electric power only when in the pits has been postponed from 2014 to 2017.

The minimum weight limit, which is already being increased for 2013, will be raised further in 2014 “to compensate for additional power unit weight”.

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131 comments on FIA drops plan to reduce downforce in 2014

  1. ed24f1 (@ed24f1) said on 6th December 2012, 4:19

    Red Bull will be very happy, this seems to pave the way for their domination over the next few years. A continuation of the current aero and a reduction in the changes to energy recovery – one of their main weaknesses. As long as Renault build a half-decent engine it is hard to see them falling off the perch.

    • TheJudge (@thejudge) said on 6th December 2012, 5:00

      Agree. That’s just what they needed ,just to mentain the moment. And the current design rules are their jackpot with Newey developing the car. As he has said in last few years,that his cars are an evolution from the previous one. Fingers crossed somebody will think of something to be up there. At least 3 competitive teams fighting for wins.

  2. Fernando Cruz said on 6th December 2012, 15:12

    What about giving reserve drivers time to run before FP1, so that main drivers don’t lose track time? I think FIA talked about this a year ago but unfortunately has done absolutely nothing to change things!

    It shouldn’t be allowed the sort of situation we have seen this year, with a driver losing 15 FP1s while his team mate was always in the car. F1 is supposed to be a sport and all competitors should be given equal chances to perform. I think FIA should think more about equity between drivers and not only among teams.

    • Dizzy said on 7th December 2012, 12:38

      Adding extra F1 sessions would be tricky because of the support series. They do there practice/qualifying on Friday in between the 2 F1 sessions.

      You can see how full the weekend schedule for Silverstone was:
      http://www.formula1.com/races/in_detail/great_britain_872/event_timetable.html

      Also consider that it would be extra work for the mechanics & it could still affect the race drivers should the test driver crash the car.

      • Dizzy said on 7th December 2012, 12:41

        And before someone says they could hold it on Thursday.

        All the track setup is done on Thursdays with the TV/Timing equipment, Its also when teams/drivers do there track walk/inspections. The Systems check is also done Thursdays with the safety cars to check all the TV/timing systems.

  3. AndrewTanner (@andrewtanner) said on 10th December 2012, 22:31

    I’m for this. I think changing aero and engines in the same season was always going to be a bit too much. Surely the teams would be better trying to extract the most from the engines before they’re locked down? I love aero development, but a bit more focus on the engine for a year or two would be a welcome reprieve.

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