Further rules changes confirmed for 2014

2014 F1 season

Jenson Button, McLaren, Yas Marina, 2013The FIA has confirmed details of the rules changes for 2014 including plans for double points at the final round of the season.

The revised 2014 Sporting Regulations were published today with details of the changes to the points system for next year:

Points for both titles will be awarded at each event, with the exception of the final event of the championship, according to the following scale:

1st: 25 points
2nd: 18 points
3rd: 15 points
4th: 12 points
5th: 10 points
6th: 8 points
7th: 6 points
8th: 4 points
9th: 2 points
10th: 1 point

At the final event of the championship points for both titles will be doubled.

The plan has received strong criticism from fans with 91% in an F1 Fanatic poll indicating they do not want double points to be awarded at the final race.

New driver numbers

From next year drivers will be able to choose their own numbers instead of being assigned them. The revised rules explain how the process will work and also stipulate the number must appear on their crash helmet:

Each car will carry the race number of its driver as published by the FIA at the beginning of the season or the race number that has been allocated to his replacement under Article 19.1(b)(iii). This number must be clearly visible from the front of the car and on the driver’s crash helmet.

Prior to the start of the 2014 world championship season race numbers will be permanently allocated to drivers by ballot, such numbers must then be used by that driver during every Formula One world championship event he takes part in throughout his career.

Any new drivers, either at the start of or during a season, will also be allocated a permanent number in the same way.

The only exception to this allocation process will be for the reigning world champion who will have the option to use the number one. The number that was previously allocated to him will be reserved for him in subsequent seasons if he does not retain the title of world champion.

This has forced a change to another part of the regulations as drivers could previously be assigned their qualifying position based on their car number if they failed to set a time. That rule now states they will now start the race “in the order they were classified in the previous period of qualifying or, in the case of Q1, the order they were classified in P3″.

Pole position trophy

A new trophy will be awarded to the driver who starts the most races from pole position:

A trophy will be awarded to the driver who sets the most pole positions during the championship season (see Article 36.2). In the event of a tie the holder of the greatest number of second places will be taken into account and, if there is still the tie, the holder of the greatest number of third places and so on until a winner emerges.

If this procedure fails to produce a result, the FIA will nominate the winner according to such criteria as it thinks fit.

Sebastian Vettel would have won the trophy in four of the last five seasons, with Lewis Hamilton claiming it in 2012:

Penalty points

Next year drivers who break the rules will be given penalty points on their licence for and will be banned for one race if they reach 12 points in 12 months:

In accordance with Article 16.3, the stewards may impose penalty points on a driver’s Super Licence. If a driver accrues 12 penalty points his licence will be suspended for the following event, following which 12 points will be removed from the licence.

Penalty points will remain on a driver’s Super Licence for a period of 12 months after which they will be respectively removed on the 12 month anniversary of their imposition.

Kimi Raikkonen, Lotus, Korea International Circuit, 2013Drivers who fail to stop at the weigh bridge will now receive reprimand “provided the car is then brought back to the FIA garage without delay and that the FIA technical delegate is satisfied the car has been brought back in exactly the same condition it was in when it was driven into the pits”.

However if the car is not brought to the FIA garage or is worked on before being returned, the driver will have to start the race from the pit lane.

Following several instances of cars being released from their pit boxes in an unsafe, fashion, the FIA has revised the penalties for ‘unsafe releases’. Drivers who break the rule during practice will be given a grid drop for the race, and drivers who break the rule during the race will receive a grid drop for the following round.

The FIA also tightened up a rule forbidding the use of powered devices to raise cars during pit stops.

In a minor change, drivers will only be given post-race time penalties if they commit an infraction within the last three laps of the race, rather than five laps. Doing so earlier in the race will continue to earn them a drive-through or stop-go penalty.

Fewer engines and gearboxes

Drivers will have to use the same gearbox for six consecutive races next year, an increase from this year’s five. A temporary dispensation will be granted next year for teams that change the gears and dog rings within a gearbox

For 2014 only, on five occasions per driver, a competitor need not provide evidence of physical damage in order to carry out these changes. Furthermore, the use of parts of identical specification will not be necessary when the changes are being made in accordance with Article 9.6.2 of the F1 Technical Regulations.

The number of (non-consecutive) races each engine must last for has also risen, from four to five, but the rules here have become more complex owing to the new engine regulations coming into force next year.

Drivers will be able to swap individual elements of their power units from race to race as explained in the regulations, but will incur penalties as follows for doing so:

28.4 a) Unless he drives for more than one team (see 28.4(d) below), each driver may use no more than five power units during a championship season.

b) For the purposes of this Article 28.4 the power unit will be deemed to comprise six separate elements, the engine (ICE), the motor generator unit-kinetic (MGU-K), the motor generator unit-heat (MGU-H), the energy store (ES), turbocharger (TC) and control electronics (CE). Each driver will therefore be permitted to use five of each of the above six components during a championship season and any combination of them may be fitted to a car at any one time.

c) Should a driver use more than five of any one of the elements a grid place penalty will be imposed upon him at the first Event during which each additional element is used. Penalties will be applied according to the following table and will be cumulative:

Replacement of a complete power unit The driver concerned must start the race from the pit lane.
The first time a 6th of any of the elements is used. Ten grid place penalty
The first time a 6th of any of the remaining elements is used. Five grid place penalty
The first time a 7th of any of the elements is used. Ten grid place penalty
The first time a 7th of any of the remaining elements is used, and so on. Five grid place penalty

A power unit or any of the six components will be deemed to have been used once the car’s timing transponder has shown that it has left the pit lane.

If a grid place penalty is imposed, and the driver’s grid position is such that the full penalty cannot be applied, the remainder of the penalty will be applied at the driver’s next Event. However, no such remaining penalties will be carried forward for more than one event.

The rule limiting how much fuel each car may use has also been added to article 29.5 of the regulations:

No car is permitted to consume more than 100kg of fuel, from the time at which the signal to start the race is given to the time each car crosses the Line after the end-of-race signal has been given. Other than in cases of force majeure (accepted as such by the stewards of the meeting), any driver exceeding this limit will be excluded from the race results.

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101 comments on Further rules changes confirmed for 2014

  1. Fer no.65 (@fer-no65) said on 12th December 2013, 15:52

    So much changes.

    “in the order they were classified in the previous period of qualifying or, in the case of Q1, the order they were classified in P3″.

    Good for that ! I never understood why they had to follow the numbers on the cars if a session was cancelled…

    • BasCB (@bascb) said on 12th December 2013, 16:02

      As the numbers were given more or less according to how fast the cars were in the previous season there was some sense in it. But with randomly allocated numbers that really doesn’t make any sense at all, so this is better.

  2. Osvaldas31 (@osvaldas31) said on 12th December 2013, 16:00

    Following several instances of cars being released from their pit boxes in an unsafe, fashion, the FIA has revised the penalties for ‘unsafe releases’. Drivers who break the rule during practice will be given a grid drop for the race, and drivers who break the rule during the race will receive a grid drop for the following round.

    Wht drivers must get penalty, when teams are mainly responsible for unsafe releases? Driver is not in a best position to see, whether another car is coming and collision is going to happen.

    • matt90 (@matt90) said on 12th December 2013, 16:08

      I agree, that is unnecessarily harsh. Why penalise somebody for the following round when you can do it for the next one anyway? What happens in the last race? Do teams just get away with it or will it carry over to the next season? Any unsafe release could give that driver an advantage over their competition, so basically this change means they are allowed to keep that advantage and other drivers just have to suck it up.

    • Sharon H (@sharoncom) said on 12th December 2013, 22:03

      If I were a driver, I would be asking for some sort of CCTV in the pit box so I could see what was coming down the pit lane. The guy pushing the button for the green light isn’t going to be the one getting the stop-go penalty or the grid penalty and the points on his license after all.

    • Aetost (@aetost) said on 12th December 2013, 23:38

      Well, when you ‘re penalizing the driver, you ‘re also penalizing his team….
      Besides, the current monetary penalties are small change for any team and no enough to deter them from risking an unsafe release to gain a place!

    • It’s a team sport, that’s why.

    • JCost (@jcost) said on 13th December 2013, 8:16

      But it still is a team sport. I

  3. matt90 (@matt90) said on 12th December 2013, 16:03

    Seriously, you would expect other races (particularly somewhere like Monaco where they probably have more strength to make their own terms) to have a term in their contract that their race is of equal championship value to any other. I’m still praying that Monaco will cancel the race due to breach of contract so that the FIA rethink.

  4. BasCB (@bascb) said on 12th December 2013, 16:04

    Wait, so drivers won’t be able to choose what number they want, based on whatever beliefs, lucky charms etc?
    Just imagine how Schumi would feel if he got number 4!

    • petebaldwin (@petebaldwin) said on 12th December 2013, 16:10

      They get to pick them but if 2 want the same number, whoever finished higher in this season’s championship gets their choice.

      Where it gets confusing is (from the story about More drivers in FP1) test drivers have their own specific numbers also.

      We’ve got 22 cars on track all with a test driver or two. That means we’re cose to 40 numbers already gone. What happens when a driver doesn’t get a seat but then returns (ie Kimi or Sutil)? Apparently they keep their numbers for their remaining F1 career so how long are these numbers held? I can’t imagine it’ll be that long before 1-99 are taken if all test drivers are going to get a unique number…

    • matt90 (@matt90) said on 12th December 2013, 16:11

      Yeah, what’s the point of driver-specific numbers if they get no say?

      • In a few years time, and some drivers have retired etc, do they retain their numbers? Case: Schumacher coming back from retirement. Does he get his old number back or does he have to pick a new one?

    • @bascb I really hoped I interpreted it wrong, but you have read it just like me… and all the drivers were already planning on what number to choose! If true this is a farce, unless the ballot is only in case of two drivers wanting the same number. And I don’t like the constriciton of the number on the helmet, it takes room away from the designs (already covered by sponsors) and is virtually useless as unless you get the right angolation it’s hard to read. On the sides, also, the cockpit covers part of the helmet.

      • matt90 (@matt90) said on 12th December 2013, 16:26

        I think we may have read it wrong. But ballot suggests that they put a number forward, maybe with a 2nd and 3rd choice. They get picked out at random, or by 2013 driver ranking, and any conflicts means one of the drivers uses their 2nd number.

        I also dislike the helmet thing, which I only just noticed. The best thing about helmets is the unique identity drivers can create. Numbers are less iconic and may well ruin nice helmet designs.

      • JCost (@jcost) said on 13th December 2013, 8:22

        They will put the numbers on their helmets just like Moto GP riders do, Rossi’s #46 helmets are a top sale and that must be the root of F1 decision to implement this numbers policy. I’d rather stick with tradition but who knows it will work…

    • Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 12th December 2013, 16:57


      drivers won’t be able to choose what number they want

      Yes they will, the selection process is described here.

      • BasCB (@bascb) said on 12th December 2013, 17:36

        That is a great relieve @Keithcollantine if that remains true. I read

        race numbers will be permanently allocated to drivers by ballot

        as the FIA randomly (by ballot) allocating them to the drivers at the start of the season.
        Are you sure they didn’t change the wording of it from the first time this was mentioned, because I can’t find any reference to this system in the final description of the rules from the FIA?

        • Prisoner Monkeys (@prisoner-monkeys) said on 13th December 2013, 1:45

          @bascb – I believe the ballot was to be for the order drivers picked their numbers, not the actual numbers they pick. They would submit their three numbers, then their names would be drawn out of a hat, and if their preferred number was free, they would get it.

          • BasCB (@bascb) said on 13th December 2013, 8:02

            I think you are wrong there. Autosport contacted the FIA and got information that contrary to what the rules say, there will not be a ballot, but the FIA will (already has) contact all drivers and get their 3 picks, then allocate them in the order of their finishing position in the last campaign, possibly a ballot will be used for the rookies.

        • Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 13th December 2013, 8:27

          @bascb ‘Ballot’ has multiple meanings, one of which is ‘a process of voting’ which would fit with the description of the number selection process the FIA originally gave. The random drawing of lots is another definition but as that would contradict what the FIA originally published I didn’t think that was the definition they meant.

    • Someone must pick 13 @keithcollantine.

      • Prof Kirk (@prof-kirk) said on 12th December 2013, 22:15

        I’m cool cucumbers over the number thing, could be fun.

        But having the numbers mandatory on the crash helmets gets a thumbs down from me.

        That means Sebastian might just have even the slightest consistent similar themed helmet.

        • HoHum (@hohum) said on 12th December 2013, 23:05

          I dislike the whole gimmickry of it, but in particular the numbered helmets, If the numbers are to be a clear identifyer, all helmet tops will consist of a base colour with a contrasting number and still the number will only be visible from above, the alternative of numbers on the side of the helmet will be barely visible in the cockpit and not at all from above.

  5. Deej92 (@deej92) said on 12th December 2013, 16:06

    Double points: I dislike intensely.
    Permanent driver numbers: I currently dislike but I’ll warm to it.
    Pole position trophy: I like.
    Penalty points: I like.

    • petebaldwin (@petebaldwin) said on 12th December 2013, 16:12

      What is it you dislike about permanent number? I’ve seen quite a few are opposed to it but I can’t figure out why… I can understand that some think it won’t make a difference but on that basis, I can’t see how you’d be opposed to it – just indifferent.

      • Steven (@steevkay) said on 12th December 2013, 16:24

        I suppose that’s my stance. I like the current system, but I’m not opposed to any change. It doesn’t add or detract from the racing (well, maybe it’ll “add” some kind of historic value over time), so I’m fine with that.

        Same idea with the Pole Position trophy; wouldn’t really matter whether they had it or not, unless it came with some more championship points.

        The double-points idea is still ridiculous. I’ll only agree to this if the double-points race is something truly spectacular (i.e. F1 endurance race, maybe 4-6 hour race at Le Mans or some other high top speed track). If racers are working twice as hard in one race (i.e. race distance is 600km minimum instead of the current 300km) then I can see the argument for double points. As it stands now, it just sets a bad precedent for other races to get their own unique points’ scale. Why not give more points in Monaco because overtaking is so difficult? Why not give less points to the winner in Monaco because it’s damned near impossible for anyone to overtake him anyway?

  6. Martin said on 12th December 2013, 16:10

    Who will pick (red) 5?

    • Sharon H (@sharoncom) said on 12th December 2013, 22:12

      I suspect Vettel will actually. He carried 5 to his first title win and I’ve seen lots of pictures of him racing karts with that number (assuming he chose it back then).

      • Martin said on 12th December 2013, 22:35

        Vettel iis in one way in the worst position as he have to take number 1 next year, and then in 2015 all the good numbers might already be taken. Or maybe its possible for him to reserve a non-one number also

    • Johnny Five said on 13th December 2013, 13:14

      That’d be me!

  7. matt90 (@matt90) said on 12th December 2013, 16:13

    If this procedure fails to produce a result, the FIA will nominate the winner according to such criteria as it thinks fit.

    Probably whoever has the nicest eyes going by the recent decisions.

  8. Numbers? The cars and drivers have numbers?

    They certainly haven’t been visible for several years, and I don’t recall them being used in tv coverage for many years. Personally I think the better solution would be to drop the numbers completely and use the 3 letter driver abbreviation. No need for a numerical means of referencing the driver when their full name and abbreviation are already widely used.

  9. PJ (@pjtierney) said on 12th December 2013, 16:27

    Would it not make more sense for driver numbers to be standardised on the car liveries?

    We already know that there are livery rules in place, such as the mandatory inclusion of FIA stickers, any logos viewable from T-Cam must be upside-down/sideways etc.

    A standardised style or numberbox would make each driver instantly more recognisable (I can imagine numbers on helmets getting lost in the details). Placing the numbers on the air intake (where Lotus used “Romain”, “Kimi” and “Heikki” text this year) would make more sense than on the helmet.

  10. Mortimer (@brookem) said on 12th December 2013, 16:34

    last race double points – lunacy.

  11. Beto (@chebeto) said on 12th December 2013, 16:40

    I Still don’t like the Double points. It’s just wrong.
    Other than that I agree with almot all the other changes, especially the Pole Position Trophy.
    I just don’t like that there are less engines and gearboxes. It’s probable there are going to be a lot of reliability problems due to the new regulations so this stricter rule could be a title decider.

  12. Tomsk (@tomsk) said on 12th December 2013, 16:41

    Double penalty points in the last race?

  13. sbewers (@sbewers) said on 12th December 2013, 16:58

    If this procedure fails to produce a result, the FIA will nominate the winner according to such criteria as it thinks fit.

    This shouldn’t be how the trophy is awarded. In keeping with the spirit of the award it should come down to aggregate qualifying times. That way, if two drivers have 8 poles, 8 seconds and 3 thirds (for example), but driver number 2 was always 0.3s off pole, whereas driver 1 was only 0.1s off pole, then driver 1 would (deservedly) win the trophy as he was the faster qualifier.

  14. Philippe (@philippe) said on 12th December 2013, 17:15

    Does Vettel get to pick his career number AND gets number 1 for next year? Or does he just get 1?
    If he just gets 1, then when he eventually loses the championship, he will be last to choose his career number.
    That would be a shame, since they will let the drivers decide in the order they finished and he finished first.

    I hope Vettel chooses 5 for his career. (won his first title with the red number 5)
    I’d like to see Hamilton with 22. Also won his title with that number. And it’s just a cool number.
    Alonso 27 would be very cool. I don’t think Kimi cares about 27 and 28 being iconic numbers for Ferrari, so I could see him go with 6 or 9. (6, first title and 9, best year with McLaren and his favorite car)

    • Vettel 1, Alonso 5 and Kimi 6/69 would be my picks! 22 or 2 would be good for Hamilton, possibly even the 3 he would have had next year. If only Webber could have had 2…… Rosberg as 4 would be good as well.

      1 and 5 are the winningest numbers ever, so current champ and deserving champ (and he would’ve had the number next year anyway) fit them quite well IMO. 2 and 6 are also up there as some of the winningest numbers, so are apt for Hamilton and Raikkonen. It’d be good for F1 marketing if the top 2 guys for the forseeable future have 1 and 2, perhaps swapped with 5 or 6 of Alonso or Raikkonen before they leave the sport.

      3 and 4 are up there, along with popular numbers like 7-12 that I’d like to see the frontrunners, or established guys like Massa, Button, Rosberg etc., have and these numbers would then mainly be re-available in the next 5 years.. It’s certainly going to be weird to see F1 cars with numbers over the mid-30s on them, although it was always possible in F1 manager games…. I can see a few karting numbers etc. coming back into the picture for some drivers. Bottas has a rumoured “BO77AS” hashtag as his best suggestion so far…

      If a driver has to pick a number for Friday running, he is stuck with it then even if a better/more preferred number comes along for when he is a race driver? That’s a bit harsh.. 2013 WDC order is now very critical for being able to choose your numbers! And swapping numbers on decals for a short 30 minute FP1 run-out might complicate getting juniors in the car, as front running teams already don’t want to do to avoid hassle and taking their eye off their prime drivers/chances to do well.

      If I was a driver now and couldn’t get 7, I would opt for 79 or 89. In iRacing you can pick a preferred number by car and the latter ones are my usual picks. Marquez has elaborated on this idea by using 93, and this could be a common choice as well. Are the 0x numbers allowed as in NASCAR? Things could get ugly! “01 for me please! I’ll take 07! Red 05!” (I imagine they are not allowed by the FIA as ‘unreal numbers’. I am always surprised that Williams were allowed to paint their number 5 Red and were not prescribed for it to be white…. On which note half way up the rear wing side panels would be a great place to stick the number, rather than a concealed helmet.

    • US_Peter (@us_peter) said on 12th December 2013, 19:41

      I was thinking Vettel should pick 5 as well.

    • markopoloman (@markopoloman) said on 12th December 2013, 20:29

      Didn’t the article say that the current world champ can chose his own number OR number 1?

      Or am I going mad?!

      • Philippe (@philippe) said on 12th December 2013, 20:59

        Ha ha ! I don’t know, that’s why I’m asking.
        It think it would be fair if he choses his own number, then decides if he runs with number 1 or not.
        But yeah, it’s not clear.

    • aka_robyn said on 13th December 2013, 0:04

      I hope Vettel chooses 5 for his career. (won his first title with the red number 5)


      V = 5

  15. Michael Brown (@) said on 12th December 2013, 17:42

    The car numbers should be a lot bigger and more visible for next year. It’s hard to tell, whether you’re a spectator in the stands or on TV, you just can’t see them.

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