FIA aims to get all teams to cap budgets using one-sided regulations

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

The publication today of the FIA’s budget cap plan for 2010 shows it intends to get every team competing under the spending limit. Rather than offering technical regulation that would allow cost-capped teams to compete on parity with the unlimited spenders, it seems to me the rules for next year would favour those sticking to … Continue reading FIA aims to get all teams to cap budgets using one-sided regulations

How new rules will change 2010 F1 cars

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

The FIA has announced further details of changes to F1?s technical rules for 2010. Chief among these is the widely-expected banning of refuelling and tyre warmers. The minimum weight of the cars is also being increased from 605kg to 620kg, and there are revisions to the rules governing KERS. How are these changes, together with … Continue reading How new rules will change 2010 F1 cars

The new safety car rules are an improvement but could still go wrong

Posted on Author Keith Collantine

The final 2009 F1 rules published by the FIA a few weeks ago revealed that the much-derided ??pit lane closure? rule, which ruined several drivers’ races in 2007 and 2008, is finally being dropped. But today the it has revealed that instead of returning to the pre-2007 safety car rules, drives (and fans) will have … Continue reading The new safety car rules are an improvement but could still go wrong

How the F1 rules changes for 2009 are meant to improve racing (part 1/3)

Posted on | Author John Beamer

Over the last three years the rules that govern F1 have remained remarkably stable. In recent times the slowest car on the track (usually a Force India) has often been within 1.5s of the fastest. Ten years ago such a slim margin was unheard of. However, that will all change as the FIA has overhauled … Continue reading How the F1 rules changes for 2009 are meant to improve racing (part 1/3)

Drivers will not get penalties for pitting during a safety car period in 2009

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

Alianora la Canta’s rigorous analysis of the 2009 sporting rules turned up a surprising and un-announced change. The ‘pit lane closure’ rule has been dropped. The controversial rule required the pit lane to be declared closed at the beginning of a safety car period, and any driver who pitted during that time received a penalty. … Continue reading Drivers will not get penalties for pitting during a safety car period in 2009

How new engine rules will affect strategy

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

Ferrari’s Stefano Domenicali has been talking about the changes to the F1 engine rules for 2009. Gone are the days of teams using one engine for each two consecutive rounds. The 2009 system is more complex: it could face some teams with challenging questions – especially at the end of the season – and it … Continue reading How new engine rules will affect strategy

The cost-cutting plans: development

Posted on Author Keith Collantine

Perhaps the most significant aspect of the cost-cutting plan for F1 approved by the World Motor Sports Council today is the restrictions on development. Not only are dramatic changes planned for 2009, but even tighter controls are envisioned for the future to keep costs down. Is it enough to prevent more teams leaving Formula 1?

Why is FOTA worrying about qualifying when F1 faces far greater problems?

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

Fiddling while Rome burns. Re-arranging deckchairs on the Titanic. There are plenty of cliches to be thrown at FOTA’s plans to radically overhaul qualifying yet again. Why is FOTA trying to change a system that has already been tweaked eight times in the past five years? Its not as if there aren’t more serious problems … Continue reading Why is FOTA worrying about qualifying when F1 faces far greater problems?

F1 teams lobby for equal engines (Poll)

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

Honda and Renault are leading the push for F1 engines to have equal power outputs in 2009. Renault?s Flavio Briatore is said to have demanded the equalisation because Renault, unlike many other teams, did not get around the ??engine freeze? rules to enhance its power output in 2008. Should the FIA equalise engine power in … Continue reading F1 teams lobby for equal engines (Poll)