FIA confirms 2015 rules including standing restarts

2015 F1 season

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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204 comments on FIA confirms 2015 rules including standing restarts

  1. f199player (@f199player) said on 26th June 2014, 18:02

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

  2. BasCB (@bascb) said on 26th June 2014, 18:03

    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.

  3. Jonathan Sarginson said on 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………

    • D (@f190) said on 26th June 2014, 18:17

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

    • petebaldwin (@petebaldwin) said on 26th June 2014, 18:55

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

    • Bullfrog (@bullfrog) said on 26th June 2014, 19:41

      the Newey designed Red Bull Nissan

      Couple of exclusives there!

    • Dave (@raceprouk) said on 26th June 2014, 20:38

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

    • DaveD (@daved) said on 26th June 2014, 20:58

      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.

    • Steven said on 26th June 2014, 22:01

      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…

    • HoHum (@hohum) said on 27th June 2014, 1:47

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

      • BasCB (@bascb) said on 27th June 2014, 6:56

        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) :-)

  4. Dr. Jekyll (@dr-jekyll) said on 26th June 2014, 18:04

    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

  5. Michael Brown said on 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.

  6. celeste (@celeste) said on 26th June 2014, 18:08

    I need a Valium :(

  7. gabal (@gabal) said on 26th June 2014, 18:16

    If they wanted to reintroduce standing restarts I don’t understand why they don’t scrape safety car altogether – red flag the race in safety car situation, have drivers form up on the grid and marshalls will clear the track faster as no cars would be passing the dangerous zone.

    I’m actually a minority I guess, I’m not really THAT opposed to standing restarts – position changes in current rolling restarts aren’t really interesting and rarely if ever produce any position change.

    • Paul A (@paul-a) said on 27th June 2014, 1:42

      Rolling restarts are not designed to produce position changes — quite the contrary, they’re designed *not* to give an “unfair” advantage to anyone after someone else’s mishap. Bunching up is in fact an unfortunate consequence.

      • Robbie (@robbie) said on 28th June 2014, 14:38

        Red flagging and therefore stopping hot cars is a far different kettle of fish…far better to keep them running and cool unless a red flag is absolutely necessary and those are very rare circumstances.

  8. D (@f190) said on 26th June 2014, 18:20

    In other news Dick Dastardly just signed for Mclaren. Peter perfect will take Kimis seat at ferrari and sauber will be re-branded to the ant hill mob.

  9. Adz76 (@adz76) said on 26th June 2014, 18:21

    This is bad news indeed, after the maximum imposed time limit for a race the amount of real racing could be cut short in a race where there a couple of shunts. Also , I fail to see how this is anything but yet another inappropriate direction for F1 to head towards for the good of the show, instead of being for the good of the sport. How does this not penalise the first place driver? Tough times ahead for the sport, with some of the rules that have been introduced in the last season those times are only going to get tougher.

  10. MarkM (@mpmark) said on 26th June 2014, 18:34

    wow, what a farce, what a farce.

    yeah sure, only 20% of fans love it, lets make it mandatory. pfffft!

  11. greek guru said on 26th June 2014, 18:37

    Woo0t… ok, they have officially gone bonkers. I’m quitting F1, it is becoming a bigger charade than American Egghand (football)

  12. Awesome, this should fix everything (and if it doesn’t, that just means they need more of what is not already working).

  13. Aqib (@aqibqadeer) said on 26th June 2014, 18:40

    why did they need these stupid rule changes i hate almost all of them except the nose rules and wind tunnel and CFD restrictions and safety improvements everything else doesnt make sense why are they restricting them to 4 power units teams already limit their running and racing to save the power unit this will discourage them even more now and how much cost are the new parc ferme rules going to save just give the teams the best chance to compete by allowng them to change set up

  14. Oh dear, it feels like the sky is falling on us.
    I’m gonna retire from F1 and then watch to Formula Renault 3.5 and GP2 as the pinnacle of open-wheels motorsport.

  15. Tricky (@jmzwiv) said on 26th June 2014, 18:43

    Was the standing start not optional? I thought Graeme Lowdon commented that it’s up to Charlie to use that should the situation arise, otherwise safety cars can be used as normal?

    • Breno (@austus) said on 26th June 2014, 18:58

      It’s up to Charlie? We’re doomed.

    • Steven said on 26th June 2014, 22:05

      It’s strange, because I don’t mind them stopping to clean up a lot of debris (i.e. it’s easier for the marshals if it’s a clear track with no circulating traffic) but why not restart the race with a rolling start? I like the V8 Supercars approach where they have a certain zone in which they cannot overtake, and leaders dictate when they actually wish to restart (within defined zones). It lets the track be cleared, maintains the running order, doesn’t waste laps behind the SC and the time for lapped cars to overtake…

      But we’re just fans, our opinions don’t matter, FIA/FOM/etc. have made this abundantly clear with their implementation of these changes, and Abu Double.

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