FIA tweaks F1 rules and adds more stringent front wing tests
6 December, 2012
These included more stringent front wing deflection tests, after a number of controversies in that area this year, and an increase in the minimum weight of cars to compensate for heavier Pirelli tyres.
The current ‘force majeure’ allowance, that can be used when a car stops on track in qualifying, was deleted and the FIA will instead determine how much fuel the car would have used to get back to the pits and add it to the one litre sample minimum.
Red Bull’s world champion Sebastian Vettel was sent to the back of the grid in Abu Dhabi this season when he was told to stop his car on track after qualifying third.
The car was subsequently found to have not enough fuel on board to pass post-qualifying tests, although Red Bull were convinced the car had more in the tank.
The DRS drag reduction system can only be used in practice in the same zones where it will be available in the race.
On the sporting side, a ‘curfew’, designed to ensure hard-pressed mechanics and team personnel do not work around the clock at circuits, will be extended from six hours to eight hours on Thursday nights with only two exceptions allowed during a season instead of the current four.
Changes were also made to the 2014 technical regulations to reduce the costs of introducing a new engine, including postponing to 2017 a controversial requirement for cars to be driven exclusively under electric power in the pitlane.
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