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FIA confirms 2015 rules including standing restarts

2015 F1 seasonPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Start, Red Bull Ring, 2014The FIA has announced new rules for the 2015 F1 season including the use of standing starts following Safety Car periods.

A standing start will used following a Safety Car period except within the first two laps of a race or during the final five laps.

The proposed change proved unpopular with F1 fans when it was announced. In an F1 Fanatic poll 67% opposed the rules change with 20% in favour.

Changes will also be made to the technical rules governing car noses “to ensure improved safety and to provide more aesthetically pleasing structures”.

Among the other changes to the design of the cars is the requirement of two-stage wheel fasteners to reduce the chance of a wheel becoming detached from a car.

Further new regulations will ensure brake discs rotate at the same speed as wheels and enforce the use of lighter materials for skid blocks.

Cost cutting

A series of new rules have been introduced with the aim of reducing costs.

The current parc ferme restrictions, under which teams are restricted in how they can modify their cars, will now begin after final practice instead of qualifying. The Friday night curfew will increase from six hours to seven next year, and will be extended by a further hour the year after.

Teams will be allowed to use only four complete power units during the season instead of the five permitted this year. However the FIA noted this change will not be applied “if there are more than 20 races in a season”.

Wind tunnel and computational fluid dynamic (CFD) testing will be subjected to tighter restrictions, as will real-world track testing.

In-season track testing will be banned again, and the three four-day pre-season tests must all take place inside Europe. Two of this year’s tests were conducted in Bahrain.

However some teams have criticised the scope of the cost cutting rules changes, saying they do not go far enough.

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  1. subsailorfl
    26th June 2014, 17:35

    Stop the madness.

    1. MsTamaraEcclestone
      26th June 2014, 17:53

      Stop what madness..?

      My hope is that they also introduce a points multiplier for each restart during the race (one restart = double points for the race, two restarts = triple points, and so on..)

      They might also want to consider implementing a reversed grid restart in the last 10 laps or so.. after all a grand prix can get so boring towards the end.. We need some kind of last minute shoot-out to liven things up.

      Finally I think we need something to make the driver line up more exciting.. Maybe require a celebrity driver to take part in each race.. Imagine, instead of Benedict Cumberbach on the podium doing interviews we could have him on the podium spraying champagne after winning the race.

      1. Or maybe dong it in full reverse the all race…

      2. Or half the grid runs the circuit clockwise and the other half runs the circuit anti-clockwise…

      3. If you actually think that any non racing ‘celebrities’ could have a chance of getting around any circuit without spinning it at least once, then you are out of your mind and you have obviously not seen any footage of the Jerez test when even the most experienced pilots were not able to control their crafts.

        On the other hand I’ve heard indycar is quite good… Bye F1 :'(

    2. Is it time for Formula 1 to truly break away from the FIA?

      1. The teams voted for this tripe. Asking them or the sport to save itself is an exercise in futility.

        The only thing that can save the sport is the European Commission or the sport totally imploding. As much as I love F1, there’s a part of me that would like to see the latter happen. The people who run the sport and the teams have repeatedly shown that they care not a jot for the well-being of the sport. They only care about themselves.

      2. I think it is time for a Dan Gurney-style White Paper for F1. Ironically, it was Bernie’s F1 success which impelled the White Paper and CART breaking away from USAC. But now, 40 years later, things are different. The teams need to organise and lay out a real plan. Nothing should be off the table, including jettisoning the FIA. But the biggest problem isn’t the FIA, it is the commercial rights holder siphoning away so much money. That is the cracked foundation in this entire shaky edifice.

      3. Nope, it is time for F1 to break away from or reconstruct/ rethink FOM (i.e. Bernie). Seriously, when these highly paid, ”smart” individuals sit down to talk about how to improve F1, what is being mixed in their coffee? Double Points, Artificial Sparks, Standing Restarts…not one, sensible idea.

    3. I think we might just as well announce that F1 is for sale… FIFA has an ad that showcases countries gathering to level the playing field which is ironic and obviously a problem in world football, obviously it is a problem as long no one notices the Platini\Blatter war. In F1 we keep stamping down the authority of tv with these rules that ought to take away the sporting truth. I think someone missed that inane safety car rule that allowed teams in 078 to win races by fixing crashes. Show>sport.

    4. I really wonder if these people have thought what will happen if all the fans of the “older demographic”, that F1 treats with total contempt, decide this is the last straw and stop watching, and they fail (highly likely) to attract many of the new “younger demographic” to replace them. RIP F1.

      1. @HoHum
        Think you nailed it. Thanks for your observations.
        I am that older demographic… I remember watching since Jackie Stewart’s era on Wide World Of Sports back in the day. Perhaps am growing cynical but my view is that Formula One is being dumbed down, plasticized and sugar-freed.
        I fear that Formula One is becoming a some kind of weird soap opera-like Reality Show.
        A sign of the times?
        Numerous occasions these past seasons have [ sadly ] felt ” just about had enough of this nonsense… “. Perhaps one day may actually choose not to tune in except that… I LOVE FORMULA ONE RACING!
        Yes, I feel the contempt you that you are observing and it’s the perfect descriptor.
        Having said that.. this is turning out to be a pretty good season for spectating as I am enjoying the races this year.
        Will continue to watch Formula One races and rules changes with interest.
        However, if Henry Winkler becomes the official starter and instead of red lights to start Ken Block flies across the start/finish line fifty feet in the air his Ford Fiesta with flames shooting out the back .. or if I see as many a one single ” shark with a frickin’ laser on it’s head ” I may be forced to reconsider.
        How far will they actually go with this ” madness “?
        A false spectacle is not really spectacular… is that too deep for the FIA to understand?
        Very sincerely hope that some purity and honesty of Formula One racing can be restored before it’s too late.
        Meanwhile… still hooked here.

  2. I cannot believe it ! They’ve ruined this sport !

    DRS was a temporary fix. Then they create more artificial racing by making rubbish tyres on purpose. Then they come up with double points in the final round. And now we have more fancy stuff and less racing with standing restarts !

    For all they’ve done to safety, they make races more dangerous with potentially 2 or 3 starts each race. No one remembers Spa 2012?! team members will have to leave the pitwall 2 or 3 times a race, they’ll have to put the medical car at the back of the grid again, everyone alert again… What if someone’s on very old tyres and then he has to restart a race from standing still? how that guy’s going to brake with so many people around him? how is he going to pull away properly?

    It races danger exponentially. And makes everything even more artificial ! when did it occur to the FIA members that F1 needed to became something else to continue being F1?!

    It’s baffling. It’s shocking. It’s outrageous. It’s just embarrasing… I’m a fan of racing… not standing starts. I’m a fan of proper wheel to wheel racing, not motorway DRS-powered overtakes. I’m a fan of exciting championship battles, not someone lucking into it because one race is worth more than another. I’m a fan of F1.

    But not this…. and it’s never going to change back to what it used to be. And that makes me, really, really, super sad.

    For 1 thing they do right, they do 5000 wrong. And very wrong.

    1. Why do we have to endure this madness?!

      Why must a driver, dominating, in his own right, with talent and speed to his side, risk a deserved win because some backmaker crashed with 6 laps to go, and a standing start is needed…

      1. Have they not just completely defeated the point of P3?

        P1 is the get a base set up for the car, P2 is long runs and maybe a bit of experimentation, P3 is nailing the setup and testing a qually lap (with engines turned down). However if you get it wrong in P3 and want to make a change you now have no time to change anything or even repair the cars? What are the mechanics meant to do in the two hours up to Q1, put their feet up and have a few brews? How does that even save money? Are the FIA really so pedentic they think making restrictions between P3 and Q1 is really going to make any impact on costs??

        I feel this sport has been on a self destructive spiral of decline for some time now. I sometimes wonder why I even bother with it anymore. It’s quite ironic that all these changes to encourage casual viewers and causing the sports true fans to leave. It doesn’t take a genuis to work out you treat your long term customers/clients/fans more importantly than new ones who could turn tail and leave just as fast as they arrived.

        1. @nick-uk, you say: I feel this sport has been on a self destructive spiral of decline for some time now. I agree. And I believe who controls F1 knows that. But, could help me understanding why they insist on that path? Do you know if there’s an hidden interest? Because, for me, this is totally non-sense…

          1. Well, Bernie has made it obvious on a couple of occasions he’d like to get even more of a controlling interests. You know what they say: Buy low, sell high.

            It’s in Bernie’s interest to buy low…and that’s where the FIA is taking the stock. Coincidence???

        2. @nick-uk, (grumpy old fart alert! ) I remember the days of the “garagistas” when the budgets were infinitely smaller and in those days it was normal to re-build both the engine and/or the car overnight as many times as necessary, but then they didn’t have 22 people to change tyres .

        3. Tom Sherrill
          27th June 2014, 20:37

          The P3/parc ferme change will likely force teams to do more running in P1-3 to make sure they will be set for qualifying – seems like a good thing for fans, yes? Repairs to damaged/faulty parts could be made after P3 just as they are now after qualifying under parc frrme rules.

      2. How is that scenario much different than a safety car today? 30 second lead goes *poof* when the SC comes out.

        1. to @guelph
          It is nearly impossible to lose your lead after the Safety Car-in. You as a lead driver control the whole field. And you begin to accelerate earlier than anyone else. You have fairly deserved advantage when you are in lead.
          You will lose that impulse starting from the standing grid.

          1. Tom Sherrill
            27th June 2014, 20:06

            And what if that lead was under a second? With the current rules you actually gain an advantage. Isn’t that unfair to the guy in second?

    2. I haven’t read through anything on here before where I was nodding along quite so much.

      Well done that man.

    3. The problem is that entities such as the FIA, FIFA, COI, etc… believe they are accountable to nobody. They have their posh offices in expensive places and their corrupt leadership believe they are immune of any responsibility for their ludicrous actions.
      Standing re-starts is the solution for WHAT PROBLEM? I wholeheartedly agree that it will create huge risks and hazards for the drivers. That’s the problem when we’ve had 20 years since the passing of an F1 driver during a race: PEOPLE FORGET the impact. If they want excitement, what about having snipers shooting at the tires randomly during the race? Tragic move, FIA.

      1. “If they want excitement, what about having snipers shooting at the tires randomly during the race? Tragic move, FIA.”

        Silverstone last year…

    4. I agree, they seem to be out of control concentrating on the show side of Formula 1 while sacrificing the sport side it is very sad indeed.

    5. Completely agree @fer-no65 . It’s so depressing. Who’s coming up with these ideas?

      Not only do the people who run the sport not bother to listen to the fans – they almost seem to go out of their way to do the complete opposite of what the fans want. It seems that the sport is fixated on attracting casual fans and believes that these fans want to see constant overtaking (no matter how artificial) – hence DRS and standing restarts.

      They don’t seem to grasp that not every single race needs to be a thriller; just like how not every football match can be as thrilling as, say, the famous United-Real Madrid ties of 2003. It makes you appreciate the great races all the more for having witnessed a few average or below-average races.

      What’s more, trying to make a race exciting through manufactured means is never going to sustain long-term interest in the sport. Apologies to use a football analogy again (it is the World Cup after all) – but imagine if FIFA shortened the length of the pitch, made the goals bigger and mandated that each team could only play 2 defenders. There’d be goals galore but I for one would lose interest very quickly.

      I feel like F1 is reaching that stage now. Will Buxton relays in his excellent blog that many people tweet him saying about how they love the purity of GP2 – and I can see where they’re coming from.

      The people who run F1 need to learn that the best way to attract new fans is to strengthen what they offer to the hardcore fans. Give us a dedicated YouTube channel so we can analyse incidents from multiple angles after the race, give us access to all of the team radio feeds live online during the race so we can follow our preferred driver/team, give us access to live timing and data (on an app that actually works) so we can follow strategic battles as they unfold. Get rid of the gimmicks – DRS, standing restarts and double-points. Make the sport a proper sport again.

      That way, when casual fans discover the sport, they’ll learn that it isn’t a superficial two-hour show of constant passing and re-passing but that there’s much more to be discovered and to become “hooked” on.

      1. ‘Give us a dedicated YouTube channel so we can analyse incidents from multiple angles after the race, give us access to all of the team radio feeds live online during the race so we can follow our preferred driver/team, give us access to live timing and data (on an app that actually works) so we can follow strategic battles as they unfold. Get rid of the gimmicks – DRS, standing restarts and double-points. Make the sport a proper sport again.’

        Spot on!

      2. Tom Sherrill
        27th June 2014, 20:13

        If a standing start is “artificial” mid-race why isn’t it that way in the beginning? Drivers that make headway at the start are hailed as heroes but aren’t they behind on the starting grid because they weren’t good enough in qualifying? How is that fair to the drivers who qualified better? By your logic, they are artificially making up for a poor qualifying effort.

    6. Tom Sherrill
      27th June 2014, 20:02

      Why does everyone think they are stopping the race and having crews come over wall? They are just going to have safety car tour around as they do now except when the safety car peels off instead of beginning to race then, the cars will form for a moment on the grid and then restart. There isn’t going to be a shutting down of the cars and crews over the wall. If someone’s tires need to be changed they could do it as they do now under SC. So many people seem to be freaking out about this idea yet they don’t actually understand what the new rules actually are

    7. @Tom Sherrill I agree with you.

      @fer-no65 I don’t see standing restarts as less racing. I don’t see potentially 2 or 3 ‘dangerous’ restarts per race…we don’t generally have that many safety cars now…nor do I envision the pit crews ‘leaving the walls’ for these. The cars will already be running and warm, and the medical car car be at the ready as usual, parked wherever it is during the race, presumably near the end of pit lane ready to come out on track at any time needed.

      What if one guy is on old tires? That can happen with rolling starts too, but I think usually the odds are several drivers will be on approximately the same strategy, and many will likely have pitted during the safety car period anyway. Not to mention the teams will adapt to this new rule and likely won’t stay out on old tires unless everybody has, for example if this happens not long after more drivers have done their first stops for new tires.

      Baffling, shocking, outrageous, embarrassing? I just don’t see it. You’re a fan of wheel to wheel racing? Well there you have it. I would use those four words to describe DRS and double points, but standing restarts? I don’t get the outrage.

  3. Spud (@the-spuditron)
    26th June 2014, 17:39

    The sprinkler system idea actually doesn’t seem as bogus now. :/

    1. Actually I think you’re onto something. Maybe instead of campaigning strongly against such rule changes we should campaign for the least bad rule change they propose.

    2. Wasn’t there one where you could take a short cut 3 times per race?

      1. Are they introducing Red Shells and oil slicks next year?

  4. How is it every year they come up with more and more stupid ideas? It actually hurts my brain thinking about it. When will the start to consider actually considering fans… Because there is absolutely no way in hell they did this for us thinking it was a good idea, and it doesn’t benefit any of the teams so… I don’t get it.

    How much do they pay these people? Put that money back into F1 instead of funding these dimwits.

    1. They do it because they can. So called ‘die hard’ fans will accept anything. Me? I don’t bother too much with formula 1 any more. I used to watch every race, religiously. Now I see the ‘sport’ as a joke, Wrestling on wheels where the rules change for no reason other than to justify some idiots job on the board. If true fans want their sport back they need to turn off en mass. Stop watching and subscribing to the nonsense. When the money evaporates there will be an announcement of ‘classic’ F1 going back to real racing. By that time no one will care. They’ll have moved on to something else. You have only yourselves to blame.

      1. I agree, although I have watched the sport since 1975 I feel that it’s no longer the pinnacle of racing. I have been changing my channels to see what else has been going on all year and found I haven’t missed F1. I watched 9 hours of Left Mans and enjoyed every lap. It was compelling. F1 is a fraction of this and within an hour I’m bored and irritated by the look of the cars, the amount of pit lane crew, the fueling considerations, the tyre considerations (rather than change the tyres they will settle for points), and lots more. I don’t want to lose F1 but it’s certainly not attractive at the moment.

  5. Double Points , Standing Restarts , Parc ferme starts from end of FP3 , what next Allocate points from FP1 and no racing is needed to be done and costs are reduced

  6. You know, I was really looking forward to F1 2015, what with the return of Honda and all. But now, meh, not so much. This is a worse idea than double points.

    I find it incredible that F1 persists in going down the avenue of cheap entertainment, while making the sport more expensive to follow.

    1. @jackysteeg, yeah. And, let’s see if the double points rule doesn’t cause any damage this year… Would be something to have a F1 champion, and a loser, because of that rule…

  7. On a side note…

    “In-season track testing will be banned again, and the three four-day pre-season tests must all take place inside Europe. Two of this year’s tests were conducted in Bahrain.”

    Why does in-season track testing goes on and off every year since 2011? they support it, then they don’t want it, then they support it again… either they are stupid, or someone is very good at lobbying.

    1. It’s a new year of a new powertrain. Think about it.

  8. You know what, I’m going to say it. Being an F1 fan these days is flat out embarrassing.

    1. @jackysteeg It’s very difficult to explain to someone new why they should start watching F1. It’s lost pretty much all of its sporting merit, and it’s gained gimmicks. And the worst thing is, they haven’t even made the racing better, the ‘show’ better, or increased excitement levels.

    2. @jackysteeg, you’re right. In fact, we are fans of what? F1? And what is F1 nowadays? Can you say for sure? I don’t know… Probably, I, or we, love a sport that doesn’t exist any more.

    3. Yeah, I’m more inclined to try to follow WEC; more and more manufacturers are stepping in, and it may only be a matter of time before we see large manufacturer battles. Porsche joining WEC was the first step… it’d be nice to see one of the other German marques join (can’t let Stuttgart and Ingolstadt have all the fun and glory) or some other Japanese marques (it’s only Toyota now, but with Nissan joining, maybe others will become interested). Imagine Mazda joining up again (I’m in a dreamworld where they make a rotary-hybrid powertrain) or Honda (tweak their F1 engine for LMP purposes)…

      Philosophically, I think LMP1 is closer to the F1 ideals than F1 is these days.

      1. Even better imagine a program that staged single class 300km races 15 times a year and possibly another class doing the same on alterate weekends.

    4. Guys, this is not Formula 1 any more, I guess it should be Formula $, since we have Mr Maldonado who has empty brain and pocket full of money.

  9. Ridiculous, Safety car periods will needlessly even longer.

  10. Why does the FIA insist on introducing rules which nobody asked for? I mean seriously, has anyone advocated this rule?

    1. The FIA is a useless organization, in order to justify their existence they need to continually make changes.

      1. @canadianjoe the FIA makes good rules in its other events though, outside of Formula E, of course.

    2. What exactly is this “rule” trying to solve? Or is simply change for change’s sake?

  11. In ten years time people will look back at this era of F1 with disgust.

    1. I hope you’re right, but my experience tells me we will look back at this time and think it wasn’t so bad back in 2014. It just seems to get worse. For me ’94 was the turning point.

    2. @royal-spark

      That’d mean in 2024 F1 will be better… and I seriously doubt it…

    3. Hopefully there will still be F1 in 10 years, with all these un fan friendly changes things are look bleak!

    4. In ten years time I doubt anybody will think of F1 at all.

  12. F1 is self annihilating now, isn’t it.

    1. @xivizmath, I think the same. What I cannot understand is why.

  13. I’m completely lost for words by some of the decisions F1 is making recently. They’re clearly trying to attract casual viewers to sport but are going about it all wrong.

    If they really want to get casual fans watching, the need to showcase the sport with new media. Are people going to be tuning in after hearing the news of standing restarts? No. Are people going to be tuning in after, let’s say, watching a highlights video from the epic Canadian Grand Prix? Yes.

    Why F1 still doesn’t have an official YouTube account is baffling but like Bernie has said this whole Twitbook business is “just a phase.”

    1. Could not agree more. Total disconnect from the fact that the demographic they need to target to grow the audience use different media and expect their sports to accommodate that.

      So F1 is broadcast in colour on TV. The FIA and F1 management communicate primarily via media interview and press release. Not every race result will have the same impact on the championship standings. A prominent teams engines are underpowered compared to their competition, but high profile technical issues for those competitors do allow a race win (or two) for the weakling.

      Sound like 2014? Sorry, that was 1967. The big difference here? In 1967, colour TV was a fairly new and revolutionary technology that F1 was embracing to increase revenues, improve its public standing, and give fans even better ways to follow the sport.

      The sport has come a long way, hasn’t it?

  14. I see it that way.
    They found a way to make us stop complain about the noise.

    1. Daniel (@collettdumbletonhall)
      26th June 2014, 19:26


    2. @us-brian, very good! That’s probably the reason :)

  15. “The proposed change proved unpopular with F1 fans when it was announced. In an F1 Fanatic poll 67% opposed the rules change with 20% in favour.”

    I’m starting to see a pattern here. Remember to vote YES when they suggest bingo ball grid slot allocations.

    1. In fact the result should have been more emphatic, in the poll we did not know if the standing start would be implemented every safety car or only for severe accidents.

  16. I can remember when F1 was about racing, not stupid gimmicks

  17. However some teams have criticised the scope of the cost cutting rules changes, saying they do not go far enough.

    What cost were cut? I only see the increased testing that had mostly to do with having completely new engines being dropped. But that is hardly going to change anything.

    Apart from that, it looks like the FIA is standing there watching teams without any consideration for the long term, nor for the sport as a whole, and the “promotor” who is doing his best to criticize the sport at the same time as bringing it in disrepute with their behaviour and only being interested in bagging lots of money and not doing an iota of promotion at all taking F1 and driving it down the drain. Great job, guess that Indian ministry of sport was right in their assessment of F1 then.

    I guess we can only hope Ferrari does go to sportscars to further boost the field there and enjoy the action there to see racing.

    1. @bascb And by mandating the increased use of titanium skid blocks (instead of wood), it therefore drives up the cost further.

      1. good point @beejis60. But hey, they give off sparks, right!

  18. Jonathan Sarginson
    26th June 2014, 18:04

    …let’s all move over to WEC…better regulations (there must be a more adult panel at FIA for this series)…and, from so far this year some amazingly close racing between totally different (engine/ERS) designs, and with another manufacturer (the Newey designed Red Bull Nissan) coming in next year, we should have an amazing season…just waiting for Ferrari and Ford to come back to rejoin their battle………

    1. I watched le mans for the first time this year and absolutely loved it ! I’m already planning a trip to go next year.

    2. It won’t be long before Alonso joins either. I’d put my money on 2016.

    3. the Newey designed Red Bull Nissan

      Couple of exclusives there!

    4. The WEC is jointly run by the FIA and the ACO, but I get the feeling it’s far more ACO than FIA.

    5. I’ll give you a big =1, no a HUGE +1 on that. I have loved F1 for so long now, but I’m becoming despondent hoping they’ll find some sanity…and a sack.

      Meanwhile, I’ve watched what is almost a re-birth of Le Mans and endurance style racing where they simply “got it right”.

      It may be time to switch. I’ve already paid for the WEC package so I can stream all the races.

      1. Oops, that should have read a “big +1”

    6. I posted a similar sentiment in response to an earlier post… but as I said earlier, I think LMP1 is philosophically closer to F1 ideals than F1 actually is at the moment.

      It’s a damn good thing that there are so many other racing series to watch. I’ve found GP2 to be quite thrilling, actually…

    7. I’m in full agreement, @keithcollantine, time to start the “WEC Fanatics” blog, you will be too young to retire when F1 implodes.

      1. Nah @hohum. We will just keep with being F1Fanatics. You know how it is with Fanatics, reality often is not up to cut for them, so will just have to lament about that while watching exciting motorsport (i.e. not F1) :-)

  19. what people are not looking at F1 as much now that it’s on pay channels?

    Invent a problem that noone complains about and mess up trying to fix it… DRS, half point races, standing restarts, what’s next?

    Imaginary problems, Bernie and the rest got them… never mind the real ones

  20. Michael Brown
    26th June 2014, 18:05

    I blame the teams.

    They can never agree to any sensible rule changes because they don’t want to lose their competitive edge, and so the FIA comes up with stupid rules instead.

    1. Well said. The teams could veto this but they won’t.

    2. Even with the teams disagreeing there is no need for rules and vile as these. Just disgraceful.

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