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. Amid all the changes, why couldn’t they include mandatory gravel traps on all circuits? That would add to the supposed chaos of the 2014. Ah, wishful thinking…..

  2. I still can’t get over how stupid the double points finale is, unless of course they change it to a 600km race as has been suggested previously.

    Seriously, what is so bloody special about the last race in isolation? I’ll tell you: nothing. Absolutely nothing. So to award double points for it just to extend the championship battle is ludicrous beyond belief.

    I am seriously considering not watching the final race, and it takes a lot for me to say that: I’m not one to spew such words half-heartedly to follow a trend.

    • Strontium (@strontium) said on 12th December 2013, 22:13

      Well I already won’t be watching it as it’s in Abu Dhabi. Gave it a 2/10 this year…

    • I can only agree, but that goes for most on here, and most F1 fans in general I suspect. It is just getting rediculous, and getting more and more like an entertainment/quiz show, and now they double the prize on the finale to maximize tension!?! Come on!
      I can’t decide weather to be mad at Bernie for getting greedy in his old age, or be afraid that some slick corporate suits are pulling harder and harder on the puppet master strings from the back stage.

    • spoutnik (@spoutnik) said on 13th December 2013, 2:08

      @vettel1 I had not heard of the 600km idea and that would be less painful and arbitrary than the current rule. F1 periodically produces some pure crap, and surely this is one.

  3. crr917 (@crr917) said on 12th December 2013, 18:18

    This is F1. Drivers got names. The only number they care is 1. I don’t expect I will ever refer to Vettel, Alonso or Raikkonen with a number. But it could work well for the new drivers. Still years away. So mandatory driver number on the helmet annoys me a lot. If people couldn’t recognize drivers this year those people will not be able next year, too :)

  4. tmekt (@tmekt) said on 12th December 2013, 18:59

    Aside from the double points nonsense (which I’m 95% sure they will scrap in the end) I’m quite happy with all the changes for next year.

    The driver numbers will be nice to those who are mainly fans of a certain driver(s) (like me) and those who don’t like it for some reason I’m sure can overlook it because it doesn’t make any practical difference.

    More testing means that the teams that haven’t been able to fully adjust to the development happening almost exclusively in wind tunnels and simulators might have a better chance to catch up during the season (Ferrari for example) which could very well mean more competition at the top. Drivers have more chance to practice and it’s possible that even test drivers might get some track time next year. And there’s more tyre testing for Pirelli so we shouldn’t have situations like in 2013 British Grand Prix anymore in 2014, and they can get better data and make better adjustments mid-season to prevent tyres to be too conservative or too degrading at different races.

    More chances for young drivers to drive the current cars in FP sessions which, if works, should have positive effect in racing in long term (rookies getting more experience beforehand) and cumulative penalty points system should encourage repeat offenders to cool down in fear of a race ban.

    I’m especially excited for the new technical regulations even if the cars might get a little slower and uglier but the turbo engines should sound different (any change is better, in my opinion, as I’ve grown tired of the high pitch engines that sound like wasps with ADHD) and cars should become more difficult to drive which can only be better as it lets the drivers’ skill to step more into light.

    It’s far from the best it could’ve been though. I would have much liked if separate quali tyres would have been introduced, DRS would have been banned or its effect reduced (which might happen anyways as the cars carry less downforce next year), and I would have been fine with the customer cars rule as it could’ve brought more teams (meaning more seats for beginning drivers). I think they should also consider modifying the points system a bit in the future, especially if the new regulations prove to cause more reliability issues as it might get a little too easy to score points (teams gaining in reliability has meant that even now when top ten score points, roughly 50% of classified drivers score points which has pretty much been the case in the past as well, and this might change now).

  5. F1ismydrug (@f1ismydrug) said on 12th December 2013, 19:38

    I´m very confused with penalties around the new power unit. Can anyone tell me what would happen with grid penalties if a driver needs to change:

    * the motor generator unit-kinetic (MGU-K) and the motor generator unit-heat (MGU-H) using a 6th iteration of both?

    * the motor generator unit-kinetic (MGU-K) and the motor generator unit-heat (MGU-H) using a 6th iteration of both AND also a 7th iteration of the energy store (ES)?

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

      They come back to race in 2016!

    • Mike Dee (@mike-dee) said on 14th December 2013, 9:46


      It says that the penalties are cumulative, so in your first example, that would be a 15-place grid drop, and in your second example 25-place grid drop. As stated in the regulations, those places you cannot drop, you will carry forward to the next race. So in your examples, depending on where you qualify, you might be better off replacing the whole unit and starting from the pit lane. At least that is my reading.

      I am quite fearful for the last races of the season. If the reliability of the power unit is as bad as some of the commentators expect it to be, we might see many grid drops and cars starting from the pit lane in the latter part of the season.

      • F1ismydrug (@f1ismydrug) said on 14th December 2013, 17:34

        That was what I feared, any team will probably replace the whole unit when there are failures in 2 or more components of the power unit. I foresee that the last third of the championship could be a joke, with more cars starting from the pit lane than from the grid.

        Don´t be surprised if well into the championship the FIA decides again to change the system

        Thank you for your answer.

  6. vjanik said on 12th December 2013, 21:08

    i presume they will still need to provide a fuel sample. it will be interesting how that will play out. teams will put 100kg of fuel and presumably use all of it. i think we can expect most if not all cars stoping after the race not making it back to the pits.

  7. taurus (@taurus) said on 12th December 2013, 21:12

    Glad nobody can pick number 0, always reminds me of Damon Hill

  8. Christopher (@twiinzspeed) said on 12th December 2013, 21:27

    I like the number system the way it is. It is a great way to know the hierarchy of the teams. It is an honor to the Constructors to show how well they did in the past season. Now we will not know by looking.(at least casual fans won’t) I remember when Mclaren were excluded because of spygate. They had to run like 23 and 24 the next year. So now number other than 1 will mean squat. Yipee, more change for changes sake.

  9. Mark Hitchcock (@mark-hitchcock) said on 12th December 2013, 23:48

    It’s typical of the current state of F1 that in an attempt to introduce some personality into the sport the people in charge thought it was a good idea to create a new rule (personal numbers) when they should really be getting rid of a few instead. Stop fining people for celebrating their wins for example.

  10. mr ROSSI (@mr-rossi) said on 12th December 2013, 23:52

    Points or point, should also be awarded for pole position,everyone knows how important pole is and i`d rather see drivers rewarded with point(s) rather than a cheap tacky plastic trophy at the end of season awards !

  11. If Webber wasn’t retireing, I bet he would choose the number (multi) 21. Fingers crossed that Vettel doesn’t choose 12, as a final kick in the sack for Mark.

  12. Diego (@ironcito) said on 13th December 2013, 1:42

    So it is possible for a driver to miss the first race of the year due to penalty points from the previous year’s final race?

  13. Malcolm (@habibizinho) said on 13th December 2013, 6:25

    Overall, this is a disappointingly superficial raft of comments given the disgust with the double points rule I’ve been reading about over the last few days. Who cares which drivers get which numbers? From the article, we learn that the double points rule is now published (and presumably immortalized for the year) even after >90% of a representative sample of F1 fans vehemently objected to it. The FIA has just given F1 fans its valuation of our feedback – it does not matter. I’ve now seen just one too many gimmicks, and am sort of embarrassed that I did not pull the plug on my F1 habit (starting in ‘78) much sooner. It stopped being anything resembling auto racing quite some time ago. I can’t even explain F1 to a non-fan with a straight face these days. I am old and lucky enough to have disposable income at this stage in my life and can attend F1 races – but I skipped this year because of the tires and will not spend another dime until there is actual racing again.

  14. Mike Dee (@mike-dee) said on 14th December 2013, 9:50

    How will the 100 kg rule be applied? Will we have mobile scales weighing the cars on the grid after the formation lap but before the start of the race? And then after the race they have to come to a halt at the finish line to be weighed before being allowed onto the victory lap?

  15. DC (@dujedcv) said on 15th December 2013, 10:18

    Where is the logic in giving the teams smaller number of engines to use in a season where engines are expected to be unreliable?

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