FIA introduces big changes including bespoke driver numbers and double points for final round
9 December, 2013
Following a meeting of the F1 Strategy Group and the Formula 1 Commission in Paris today, the following items have been unanimously approved by the sport’s governing body:
• Cost cap
The principle of a global cost cap has been adopted. The limit will be applied from January 2015. A working group will be established within the coming days comprising the FIA, representatives of the Commercial Rights Holder and team representatives. The objective of the working group will be to have regulations approved by the end of June 2014.
• Pirelli Tyre test – Bahrain, 17-19 December, 2013
The F1 Commission agreed to a change to the 2013 Sporting Regulations, on safety grounds, allowing the Formula 1 tyre supplier to carry out a three-day test in Bahrain from 17-19 December, 2013. All Formula 1 teams have been invited to take part in the test and six have accepted: Red Bull Racing, Mercedes, Ferrari, McLaren, Force India and Toro Rosso.
• Driver numbers
Drivers will be asked to choose their race number, between 2 and 99, for the duration of their career in the FIA Formula 1 World Championship. Number 1 will be reserved for the current World Champion, should he choose to use it. If more than one driver choses the same number, priority will be given to the driver who finished highest in the previous year’s championship.
• Points for the last race
Double drivers’ and constructors’ points will be awarded at the final race of the Formula 1 season in order to maximise focus on the Championship until the end of the campaign.
• New penalties
The principle of a five-second penalty for minor infringements was agreed. In what form such a penalty will be applied will be discussed with Formula 1’s teams in order that a new regulation be introduced for 2014 season.
These changes are immediately applicable, given the mandate assigned to the FIA President at the last World Motor Sport Council meeting, held on 4 December in Paris. (FIA F1 Press Office)
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