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. Strontium (@strontium) said on 26th June 2014, 19:40

    HOW STUPID!! Honestly, people don’t want these rules. They are doing nobody any favours. Absolutely stupid. I hate these people who make these rules.

    So I suppose at the Abu Double GP next year we will see a standing restart with 6 laps to go, which will end up meaning somebody overtakes for the lead, gaining 50 points, and taking the championship by 1 point.

  2. Bullfrog (@bullfrog) said on 26th June 2014, 19:40

    Apparently they’ve also changed the rule that prevents any stupid rule changes for the following season after June 30 (or good ones, but that doesn’t apply here, and may explain why this one’s been hurried through). So the 2016 rules can’t be changed after March 1 2015.

    I’ve had a titfull of the meddling, and pathetic press and TV coverage lately. I’ll keep doing the predictions championship as that’s more enjoyable than sitting through the races thinking “why was I looking forward to this?”

    • Strontium (@strontium) said on 26th June 2014, 19:54

      So basically if they make a horrific rule which turns out to be a mistake, then F1 is stuck with it for 2 years. How pathetic of them.

      If I were an F1 driver, this is the point where I would say “I’m out of here”, and leave F1 for absolutely anything (most likely a prototype series, just to rub it in).

  3. Daniel (@collettdumbletonhall) said on 26th June 2014, 19:42

    Don’t forget the skid blocks. Another rubbish idea.

  4. Uzair Syed (@ultimateuzair) said on 26th June 2014, 19:42

    The FIA might as well introduce F1 cars with guns and bombs on them…

  5. Daniel (@collettdumbletonhall) said on 26th June 2014, 19:48

    Why aren’t the teams vetoing any of this?
    They always say, ‘We listen to the fans’ but they evidently don’t. I think Toto Wolff is the only one with his head screwed on.

  6. Daniel (@collettdumbletonhall) said on 26th June 2014, 19:48

    Why aren’t the teams vetoing any of this?
    They always say, ‘We listen to the fans’ but they evidently don’t. I think Toto Wolff is the only one with his head screwed on.

  7. Strontium (@strontium) said on 26th June 2014, 19:51

    “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.”

    WHY! This just makes the teams work even harder during the time they actually have to do work.

    “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”.”

    Guess teams will want 21 races then, as this will give them less races per engine.

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

    Slow down car development why don’t you?

    “In-season track testing will be banned again”

    Why the hell do they keep banning it, complaining, introducing it, complaining, banning it, introducing it, and banning it? What on earth do they get out of doing that?

    And yet, everybody, nothing to do with a higher minimum weight, to even things out for the larger drivers and Hulks.

    • HoHum (@hohum) said on 27th June 2014, 2:16

      @strontium, re less time for mechanics, this may make sense in one way, they will need more mechanics in the big teams so there will be employment openings for the mechanics made redundant when the smaller teams go broke.

    • Lewis McMurray (@celicadion23) said on 27th June 2014, 8:46

      I think the “4 engines a year unless we have over 20 races” rule is a ploy to get the teams on board with having more races.

      All the teams were against the proposed 2014 calendar with 21 races on it, because logistically it would exhaust the teams. There are currently 23 races scheduled for 2015. The teams ordinarily would say absolutely no way to that, but if the FIA dangles a carrot in the shape of an extra engine per year in front of them…..

  8. Strontium (@strontium) said on 26th June 2014, 20:01

    Oh yeah, just to top it off, lets make sure that the wheels are attached even stronger. Nice thought, but not needed. Wheels never come off now, so there’s no need to spend time securing something even further if it doesn’t need doing.

  9. SatchelCharge (@satchelcharge) said on 26th June 2014, 20:02

    Farcical.

  10. Daniel (@collettdumbletonhall) said on 26th June 2014, 20:09

    If I had the money for a SKY subscription I would have definitely cancelled it now. That’s if I just bought it for the F1 anyway. I definitely won’t be going to any farces, oops sorry I mean races and I highly doubt I’ll be watching it on the TV either.
    I doubt viewing figures will decrease that much more but they certainly won’t be on the up either. Is anyone here actually going to stop watching?

  11. Lewis McMurray (@celicadion23) said on 26th June 2014, 20:24

    1) Standing start rule is proposed
    2) fans are largely against it
    3) drivers are largely against it
    4) rule is confirmed
    5) ????????
    6) profit

    Seriously though, what an utter shambles. It’s not even funny any more. What’s the logic behind it??? Bernie trying to drive down the share prices for a buy-back? Has di Montezemolo arranged for Ferrari have secret Option 13 traction control next year to take advantage of standing restarts? are they trying to improve the all-important “show”? Or has everyone at the top table of this apparent sport lost their minds? I just don’t know/care any more. They just don’t listen to those who actually matter….

  12. Nick (@npf1) said on 26th June 2014, 20:37

    If anyone ever wants to write a satirical book on management, I think an encyclopedia of F1 rules and how/why they’re implemented would suffice.

  13. maxthecat said on 26th June 2014, 20:45

    Absolute joke and embarrassment. Whoever’s on the WMSC should hang their heads in shame. Nothing left of the F1 i loved.

  14. PeterG said on 26th June 2014, 21:10

    As I said the other day-
    Here’s something else to consider about the standing safety car restarts, Tyres.

    If you have some drivers on old tyres & others on newer tyres then those on older tyres are going to get mugged off a standing start & braking through the 1st corner.

    You could force everyone to make a stop under the SC to ensure everyone has fresh tyres, However that totally kills teams strategy & what happens if a driver doesn’t have any fresh tyres left?

    • Timothy Katz (@timothykatz) said on 26th June 2014, 21:29

      Well, there’s another thing to consider as well. Time.
      Getting all the cars back into position and ready for a standing restart will take instant organisation and time; maybe they will need to have a few goes at it to get everyone in the right place. And of course, standing restarts will breed more standing restarts. So imagine a race that’s already tight to the two hours, and then peppered with standing restarts that take it the two two hour mark well before all the laps have been run. Is the race shortened or declared at the two hour mark? Does it carry on with half the TV companies in the world breaking away for another programme?
      Somebody must have thought of this, mustn’t they?

      • PeterG said on 26th June 2014, 21:39

        “Somebody must have thought of this, mustn’t they?”

        Considering that the people coming up with these rules don’t seem to have any brains, Probably not!

        • Robbie (@robbie) said on 28th June 2014, 14:21

          With a safety car as it is, blokes can pit for fresh tires or take a chance and stay on the old ones and not pit, to gain track position. So nothing will change there.

          A race ‘peppered’ with restarts? Half the races don’t even see one safety car session, and the ones that do often see one only. The time to do a standing restart should only be about a minute longer than a rolling one.

  15. Zaakir said on 26th June 2014, 21:10

    It was the FIA who made F1 a mess and they think they fixing it…. Cost cutting is just bull.

  16. Andreas said on 26th June 2014, 21:17

    I am not against change – I even welcomed the new eng… sorry, power units :-) and despite DRS and double points still being in force, I think this season has had some of the best racing F1 has produced in a long time. But I do have a problem with change for change’s sake. And these changes… Fake sparks are mandatory, FP3 is dead (who will risk damage and a pit lane start?) and the safety car is now reduced to a lottery generator. Imagine a mid/late race restart – every one who starts in the even numbered grid slots will have to start in the marbles… Is F1 was afraid of fans leaving, this did *not* help any…

  17. So how thick is the actual F1 rule book now……sadly getting bigger…..

  18. DaveD (@daved) said on 26th June 2014, 21:34

    I read through here, on a forum of dedicated F1 lovers. We have our differences in a lot of debates and what is “for the good of the sport”. But I see that not a single person, not a single person! likes any of the proposed rules and I have not heard a driver or even team boss support them.

    Could someone please explain what is going on here and who is making these decisions? It’s to the point of being surreal.

  19. bull mello (@bullmello) said on 26th June 2014, 21:54

    Regarding in race standing restarts. – This will end in tears. More than once, possibly repeatedly. To their credit the FIA gets things right sometimes and they usually err on the side of safety. Not this time.

    Not sure why, but the images of Spa ’98 keep popping into my mind every time I think about this subject. Will the in race standing restart rule apply to restarts during wet races as well? This is just one of the most unsafe and unfair rules to come out of the FIA ever. I wish to proven wrong about this.

    • Robbie (@robbie) said on 28th June 2014, 14:25

      I just don’t see why a standing restart runs the risk of ending in tears moreso than the original race start…I don’t hear anybody crying for rolling first starts to F1 races.

  20. andae23 (@andae23) said on 26th June 2014, 22:02

    I’m really mad about the standing restarts. It’s insulting to any self-respecting Formula 1 fan.

    F1 is a weird thing: compared to for instance football or tennis, F1 is much more ‘exciting’. Yet F1 constantly tries to tweak the rules to become something it’s not and never will be: a show. The rule makers should respect F1’s sporting nature and focus on how to make it better as a sport, not as a show.

    Rules like this just prove that the rule makers are oblivious to any criticism and have no sense of shame whatsoever.

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

      I feel way more insulted about DRS and moreso double points and am completely fine with standing restarts until I hear a GOOD reason why I should be insulted rather than just being told I should be.

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