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. so basically a safety car will now be a red flag. Stupid logic.

    1. I doubt it. Red flags are rare and when they are needed result in many minutes of delay from either there being so many cars and so much debris covering the whole width of the track from a collision that there is no clear lane for them to drive around behind a safety car, or if the rain is so heavy and projected to last that way long enough. A standing restart should only take a minute longer than a rolling one, and the cars will not have been shut off for at least 10 to 20 minutes like with most red flags situations.

  2. I’m just only now able to get to my computer and don’t have time to read all the comments other than scanning the ones from the first page, and if those are any indication that all the pages have posters against the idea of standing restarts, seemingly without exception, I’ll be the exception.

    I don’t have a problem with it. I have a far bigger problem with double points especially, and DRS next. I think standing restarts are going to be exciting, just as the standing start is one of the most exciting aspects of the races. I just hope and expect that the crews won’t be coming out to the cars like at the very start of the races, as that kind of pause would be detrimental mid-race.

  3. Loving this rule change. Finally we wont have races where the Safety Car leads the most laps. It’ll make it safer for marshals clearing up the incident too

    1. @snowman-john – that’s not how it works. The safety car will still be used but at the end of the SC period there will be a standing restart instead of a rolling one.

    2. What race did you see where the SC led the most laps? And standing restarts have nothing to do with cleaning the track. If the race should be red-flagged, it will be. This change simply means that every single restart may be extended in time massively by virtue of the fact that there must now be a line up, a roll-off, a line up again and a start, with the attendant high risk of a t1 crash, and repeating the process over again. I promise that there will be one 15 minute or longer segment in a race when we have to go through this nonsense because of an SC period that could have been sorted out in a few laps, and people will not be happy about it. People will not be happy when the battle for the lead is spoiled because the clown in P5 smashing into the back of the leaders in turn 1 on a restart. Well, the fans who watch for wrecks will love it, but these are not what one calls motorsports fans.

      1. @dmw I haven’t read exactly how this works but are you sure it will still be a line-up, a roll-off, a line-up again, and then the restart? I may be wrong but I doubt that is necessary, nor that they would want that kind of downtime mid-race. I envision the safety car pulls off, they line up in the order when the full-track caution and safety car came out, the red lights go on in the usual way, and then go off and they’re racing again. Will it not just merely be a substitution of rolling start for standing start? They won’t need to do a warmup lap like at the very start.

        I don’t know why you think there is any more risk of crashing on a restart than for the start itself, and the reason that standing starts are exciting is because of that very risk and as usual it will be up to the drivers to not try to win the race in the first corner.

        1. Johnny Five
          29th June 2014, 0:58

          So, if having a standing restart is “good for the show”, let’s have one after EVERY lap, whether there’s been an incident or not. After all, you couldn’t logically approve of having just a few unnecessary first corner pile-up opportunities without being even more in favour of having lots of them, could you?

          1. @Johnny Five You speak of logic yet your comment contains none.

  4. All these changes are sickening, whats the point in even having a safety car now so? surely it makes more sense to just have a red flag every time there’s an accident.

    Formula 1 must be the only sport that makes changes for entertainment purposes, eventually there just going to drive the sport into the ground.

  5. If there are standing restarts why is there a need of a Saftey car. I mean in case of an accident, they can red flag the race and the drivers can come back and line up on the grid and start the race whenever the track is cleared. That way laps are not lost and they can try to finish the race in the stipulated time.

    If the debries are on the start finish area. The cars can stop a little behind until the grid is cleared of the debris.

    all in all i am not a fan of standing restarts. given incidents like Crashgates et al, People might come up with ideas to create Safety car situations to gamble on the starting restarts to gain positions. IT would be a good thing for Teflonso as he is good with both standing Starts and Crashgates !!!!!!

    1. I imagine that red flagging a race is the last thing they would want to do and only occurs when absolutely necessary as it would be far better to let the cars keep running and keep airflow into the air box and side pods and brake ducts for cooling purposes. They could/should still be able to take advantage of the safety car period to pit, which is often exciting in terms of some drivers being able to time that or be lucky in terms of their location on the track when the safety car was called. I also think you are being overly dramatic to suggest Crashgate scenarios as most driver’s and teams don’t play that way and it would likely be seen through and heavily penalized. Might a driver decide not to pit when others are, and therefore restart higher up on the grid? Sure, that’s possible, just like it is with rolling restarts. I just don’t see a driver or team creating some scenario on the gamble of gaining positions on a standing restart, when said gain is no guarantee and could result in a loss in position just as easily.

  6. Thought motor racing was supposed to be a sport, so what is happening to the principles of sportsmanship.
    The drivers strive to race fairly, the teams strive to stay within the rules, but the FIA are determined to make the competition unfair. Double points for particular races is unfair, but standing starts after safety cars is extremely unfair on the leaders of the race, and creates unnecessary danger for the drivers. Race leaders can already see their lead wiped out even with rolling restarts so why detriment them further. It will also increase the likelihood of further accidents and yet more safety cars. Not good for spectators
    F1 not a sport, but a money making business

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