FIA tweaks F1 rules and adds more stringent front wing tests

6 December, 2012

Ferrari F2012 front wings. Formula One World Championship, Rd16, Korean Grand Prix, Preparations, Korea International Circuit, Yeongam, South Korea, Wednesday 10 October 2012.Dec.6 (Reuters) Formula One’s governing body, the FIA has made amendments to the technical and sporting regulations for the 2013 season.

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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  • McLarenfan

    So rocking wings are out no more front tilt were Ferrari the ones who asked about this towards the end of the season.
    The DRS drag reduction system can only be used in practice in the same zones where it will be available in the race. This makes sense!!!
    Fuel, yep I get that!!
    curfew, Naughty boys & girls will be grounded!!!

    Cars to be driven exclusively under electric power in the pitlane = Total madness what pillock with not enough brain cells wants this! Oh yes FIA the money grabbing bunch of half baked crooks who want to drain the sport dry. I remember some high up bod in the sport saying it would be like a silent bullet flying down the pit lane what are they going to add sirens and flashing beacons to the cars!!!!

  • Kimi4WDC

    People dont understand that manufacturing and running an electric car leaves uncomparable bigger carbon footprint than a conventional petrol car during it’s life cycle.

    What does not make sense to me is why can’t we push for more development with in petrol/diesel. With all that money wasted in electro motors, we would been years ahead.

  • McLarenfan

    Why bother with any of the standard stuff why not go for F1 cars run on the most abundant organic compound on earth.
    Methane is freely available, cut out all the batteries.

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