McLaren, Korea, 2013

FIA proposes new 2014 rules but keeps double points

2014 F1 seasonPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

McLaren, Korea, 2013The FIA World Motor Sport Council has proposed further changes to the F1 rules for 2014 following today’s meeting in Geneva. They will be added to the rule book if they are approved by the F1 Commission.

Among the changes is the power for race stewards to impose a five-second time penalty on a car which can be served during a pit stop. A driver serving such a penalty would have to sit in his pit box with no work being performed on his car for five seconds, after which his team may change his tyres and perform other tasks.

Drivers will also be forbidden from stopping on the track after the race has finished in order to ensure they have enough fuel left in their car to provide a sample, as happened on several occasions last year. If it is approved by the F1 Commission, this will no longer be considered satisfactory grounds for stopping a car.

A further proposal would allow teams additions exemptions from the current curfew governing how much time their mechanics can spend working on their cars during a race weekend. Instead of the current two, teams would have six exemptions this year, to allow for the added complexity of working on this year’s cars.

The World Motor Sport Council also proposed requiring team members to wear helmets during qualifying as well as in the race, and increasing the minimum weight limit by one kilo to 691kg, due to differences in weight between this year’s tyres and those used last year.

The changes were agreed at a Strategy Group meeting chaired by FIA president Jean Todt and attended by Bernie Ecclestone and team representatives

A statement issued by the FIA made no reference to new rule which will award double points for the last race of the season, which has attracted widespread criticism from fans.

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93 comments on “FIA proposes new 2014 rules but keeps double points”

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  1. This reminds me of a quote by Fernando Alonso in 2006 which can now be used by me in this conversation:

    “I don’t consider F1 anymore a sport.”

  2. Chris (@tophercheese21)
    23rd January 2014, 22:49

    Well I guess my emails to the teams made no difference… As predicted lol.

  3. The Fia are Idiots. Best and easiest way to show how much fans hate this, don’t watch the last race.

  4. So as far as I’m concerned, F1 ceased to be a sport this year. I’m sad, really sad.

  5. “Okay guys this is riddddicccculous”

  6. I wonder what will happen if the double point rules serves well for Vettel at the end of the season?

  7. If you want someone to blame for double points, look at whoever stands to gain the most from its introduction – broadcasters.

    Every time the championship is settled before the final race, viewing figures slump. The sooner it is settled, the bigger the drop-off. Races that go down to the wire, like Brazil 2008, Abu Dhabi 2010, and Brazil 2012 are a ratings goldmine for broadcasters. Conversely, people stopped watching when Vettel won the 2011 and 2013 titles three or four races in advance. They spend millions of dollars on the rights to broadcast the sport (which is not uncommon for international sporting events), and so naturally want the championship fight to go on for as long as possible.

    I suspect that double points is a way to appease the broadcasters, if not a product of their putting pressure on the sport. If broadcasters walk away from the sport, that means that there is less prize money to go around, and with the costs of competing being what they are, teams are no doubt depending on getting as much of that money as possible. Hence, if the broadcasters starr throwing their weight around, the teams will quickly move to placate them.

    We have already seen how broadcasters can be self-serving. After all, the BBC brokered the joint broadcasting agreement with Sky, as they did not want to give up the rights to Formula 1, but did not want to keep paying full price for it. It would not surprise me if the broadcasters started piling pressure on the sport for double points.

    1. Do you have a source for the 2013 viewing figures? I didn’t think they had been released yet.

    2. If we are going to blame the broadcasters, then why doesn’t the same “points-fixing” happen in every other sport shown live on television?

      I’m sure that broadcasters would like a lot of things that go against the wishes of some fans. It’s up to each sport to find a balance between its integrity and profit. And if you ask me, F1 is getting that balance very, very wrong at the moment.

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