Start, Red Bull Ring, 2014

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. I need a Valium :(

  2. 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.

    1. 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.

      1. 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.

  3. 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.

    1. Where are Dudley Dooright , Rocky and Bullwinkle going to go ?

  4. 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.

  5. wow, what a farce, what a farce.

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

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

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

  8. Aqib (@aqibqadeer)
    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

  9. 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.

  10. 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?

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

    2. 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.

  11. This is a stupid rule, and stupidly implemented. It appears the SC will still exist, and it will be burning race laps away during the SC period until the SC car is pulled in and the cars line up on the grid for a restart. Why bother with the SC period at all? Just red flag the race to bring everybody back to the grid within whatever lap time delta Charlie & Co declare, and have them restart when the track is cleared for full course green. No safety car required. Of course, Mercedes wouldn’t like this…but if we’re making stupid and unsafe rule changes, we might as well not waste laps under the SC instead of green flag racing in the process.

    I’m guessing, since there’s no news, that most of next year’s calendar is still going to be raced for half points?

  12. Pffttt lol hahaha! What!? It’s just spectacular isn’t it how they completely fail to understand what fans want. I honestly don’t know what to say. Standing starts after a safety car….. wow.

  13. Hey @keithcollantine is there any chance you might resurrect the Todt approval polls? I’m guessing he’d do pretty poorly these days.

    It’s a shame the FIA election process is so rigged that the main challenger had to drop out of the race last year and allow Todt to walk to victory… after he’d promised on his initial 2009 campaign that he would only stand for one term. He lied about that, why should anyone believe him about anything else?

    1. @us_peter
      Bro we need another sex scandal !!!!!

  14. It seems a bit backward that the rules attempt to save cost, yet restrict the development time which teams that have low budgets need to develop the car, which in turn would allow them to be more competitive and attract sponsors and win more more prize money…

  15. Been an F1 fan since the 80’s, now not so much. F1 should be no holds barred flat about as face as you can go racing, yes a few rules for safety are needed but not things like this.

  16. I really can’t see the problem with this new rule. I think it’s positive rule change.

    1. With which one? The anti-aesthetical noses? Or with the safety car’s restarts? And how is it positive?

      1. Standing restarts.

        1. IN what way is it positive?

          In creating restart lap carnage?
          In killing teams strategy?
          In ruining drivers races if there stuck on old tyres or on the side of the grid covered in marbles?

          Im sorry but there is nothing positive about this rule change, It will do nothing for the racing, It adds nothing to strategy & is nothing but a gimmick done purely for ‘the show’ at the expense of the racing & sporting aspects of F1.

          This is a joke, A complete & utter joke & one which is seriously making me consider continuing my lifelone passion with F1 because I am getting sick of all these absurdly artificial & gimmickey rule changes.

          1. How often do you see first lap crashes these days? These are the best racing drivers in the world, they should cope with standing restart even with worn tyres.

            Safety car situation always affects race strategies, so nothing new there.

        2. @huhhii
          The purpose of reintroducing the safety car in 1993 (they were present in the 70’s) was to reduce the race interruptions, now with this “clever rule” the start will not be as important as it is now, that breathtaking special race moment where the drivers are 100% focus and their hearts beating at 130 will disappear, the risk of incidents will increase because they will simple lose their focus, i have a bad feeling that this risk will be exponential in some races (too many safety cars).

          1. @tifoso1989
            I think you’re over-exaggerating. Safety car situations are not that common anymore. This rule change could potentially enliven otherwise dull races.

            And I’m sure the rule will be scrapped if it gets absolutely ridicilous with multiple standing starts during one race. F1 has scrapped weird rules midway through the season in the past as well so I don’t see any problem with this rule tweak.

          2. @huhhii For me the problem with standing restarts is not the danger element or the demise of one team’s strategy. For me it is the continuation of the trend of downright unfairness to the leading car. DRS removed all skill of defensive driving; quite conversely the teams advise drivers not to fight and wear their tyres. Double points – which the brains of the idea, Bernie, conceded was “probably unfair” in an interview with Martin Brundle and now this.
            If a driver has earned a 30 second lead, for example Vettel at a few races last year, and a back marker had crashed with 5 laps to go and he lost the win I would feel cheated for him. I understand that the final laps would be immensely satisfying from a viewer’s point of view but I would feel the winner lucked into the victory. And herein lies the problem. The FIA are so interested in providing close quarters racing that they are doing it at the cost of the sport’s heritage and traditions. In the late 00’s the aerodynamic grip levels were not allowing this type of racing but there must be a middle ground where the fans have respect for the rulemaker and the rulemakers have respect for the sport.

          3. @huhhii

            “How often do you see first lap crashes these days?”
            Not many, However if its late in a race & a driver has been stuck Mid-pack most the race they are far more likely to try something a bit crazy to make up places.

            You see it in Indycar/Nascar a lot, Early starts/restarts tend to be fine but late race restarts nearly always cause more problems as drivers desperate to make up places try more aggressive moves.

            “These are the best racing drivers in the world, they should cope with standing restart even with worn tyres.”

            Your missing the point I was trying to make.
            A driver on worn tyres on a standing restart is going to get mugged by drivers on fresher tyres as drivers on fresh tyres are going to have so much more traction off the line, so much more braking through the 1st corners & so much more grip overall that anyone on worn tyres won’t stand a chance.

            And that in itself raises the likelihood of 1st lap crashes on the restart as drivers with no grip on worn tyres are in close proximity with cars on fresh tyres with tons of grip.

          4. @huhhii, ” How many 1st. lap crashes these days”?, I ask you ” how many 1st.laps are there these days?”

          5. @rbalonso
            I totally agree with you about double points and pretty much agree with you about the DRS. They are gimmick rules.

            But will the safety car situation be that much different next season? If Driver A has 30 second lead, he will lose the lead with current rules too. And if Driver A fails to get a good restart, does he deserve victory anymore? I don’t think so. Do you think the race should be red flagged if a leader has to retire with a technical problem because then the race would be “fair” to a leading driver? Technical problems, possibility of rain, backmarkers etc. can always be an unfair factor in F1. These kind of things are just part of the sport.

            I do agree with you that the tyre situation isn’t optimal. Maybe all drivers should be allowed to freely change tyres before the restart? They can change the tyres after red flag, so similar rule like that could remove tyre problem.

            IndyCar has a lot more crashing in general than F1. If something happens in IndyCar, it doesn’t automatically mean that the same will happen in F1.

          6. @huhhii For me technical problems, rain and backmarkers are fair as any driver could be subject to them. Technical problems are the fault of the team and the team alone, rain equally alters everyone’s race so I do not see these as fair or unfair factors. Moreover, they are certainly not manipulated by the rule makers to spice up the event. I think if we look back at safety car restarts in their current format we see very few positional changes by turn 1 of the green flag lap yet, with most standing starts we see many positional changes.

            I agree with you that if the Austrian GP last week had been red flagged around lap 35 with 4 cars within 5 seconds that it would make little difference and add to the excitement. However, if we look to the 2011 Monaco GP where the red flag came out near the end of the race with Button catching Alonso and Alonso catching Vettel then the race would be completely ruined (as it was by allowing them to change tyres imo).

            My concern is that it is part of a growing move to favour the guy behind assuming he is the one charging and will get some kind of reward. In essence to let the faster driver get by like DRS. Whilst this is a novel idea, practically it is unfair and unlikely to work favourably for any team. More to the point why does this aspect of the sport need to be changed after 65 years?

        3. And what if some drivers have no fresh tyres left?

          With a rolling start behind the SC tyre life isn’t much of a problem, But tyre life has a big effect from a standing start.

          Something else is the ERS charge.
          Building charge in these new cars takes longer & isn’t as easy as it was with KERS. If you have drivers with more charge in the battery they have an extra 160bhp to use off the line which will gain them a lot of places.

          There is so many negatives to this stupid rule which the vast majority of people seem to be against & I just don’t see a single positive.

          Im actually so angry about this that I may just not bother watching F1 anymore, Im getting really tired of the artificial nonsence that is constantly been added nowadays.

          1. @huhhii I agree with you.

  17. Daniel (@collettdumbletonhall)
    26th June 2014, 19:15

    I wish they would stop trying to impress the people who don’t watch F1 anyway. I was watching RUSH last night with friends and even though they enjoyed the film they generally dislike F1. They come up with the usual nonsense of motorsport not being a sport, driving an F1 car being easy, racing is all about the car and there’s no skill, it’s just cars going around in circles, there is no overtaking etc. They liked the idea of introducing reverse grids, easy passes with DRS, sprinklers on the circuit and double points to make it more exciting but they admitted they still wouldn’t watch the sport even if those things were involved.
    This is F1s problem. They keep trying to impress the people who will never watch the sport, have never watched a race but complain about it anyway.
    My friends who used to show a moderate interest in F1 now don’t bother because of all the stupid rule changes since the 2011 season. I am now the only one left but I think I’ll be calling it quits too.

    So @keithcollantine , fancy changing this to WECfanatic?

    1. people who “never watch” the sport are the ones making the rules is how I see it…

  18. So the format of rule making decisions appears to be this:

    Tuesday – propose new unnecessary rule out of nowhere to ‘improve the show’
    Wednesday – fans show widespread opposition to new rule
    Thursday – new rule is written into the regulations

    1. Wednesday – fans, drivers, and teams show widespread opposition to new rule.

      Do the drivers not mean anything to the FIA anymore?

      1. Daniel (@collettdumbletonhall)
        26th June 2014, 19:54

        The teams have an option to veto though yet they do nothing.

  19. Daniel (@collettdumbletonhall)
    26th June 2014, 19:32

    If I was a racing driver I don’t think I’d be that bothered about racing in F1 anymore. It’s not the pinnacle of motorsport anymore. Sure it’s fast but the rules are just a total joke.

    1. Already there are a lot of potential F1 drivers who aren’t bothering to get in anymore, and it will continue and worsen until things change.

  20. For me, it’s clear now. This is a fascist F1 sport. Forget the past, and the emotion that kept us watching F1 all our lives. From now on, FIA will say what F1 fans have to like or dislike, and what F1 emotion is and is not.

    Ofc, there are safety rules that are needed. But, when FIA says that aesthetic noses are an issue, confronting engineer’s solutions, or implement safety car’s restarts, then it’s true, we are living under a fascist power. And for that reason, the majority of F1 fans opinions, as @keithcollantine noticed (67% opposed), as of a relevant number of pilots (like Vettel, Nico, Button, etc), are not important any more.

    But my question is this: if the tv viewers is going down, how can this rules set the the results up? I’m probably missing something, beside the F1 fascist power control.

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