F1 overhaul vote says 2017 at earliest

As we mentioned in our recent podcast, the future of F1 was voted on today and the vote favored any changes that might take place would do so in the year 2017. On the table was a 1,000 bhp engine, wider cars and tires and a new aerodynamic package. As AUTOSPORT’s Mr. Noble explains, the vote was for an immediate change in 2016 but it was not approved in favor of waiting another year.

“According to sources, it was agreed that it would be better to spend more time working through fully concrete proposals for 2017 that would definitely make an improvement rather than rush things.”

There is the theory of measuring twice and cutting once and if you were listening to Ron Dennis of McLaren, a rapid change would have been more expensive for teams that a systematic and methodical change in 2017. I can’t imagine that Ron is incorrect here but I also imagine that this could be on a team-by-team basis.

the idea of a new F1 in 2017 makes the 2015 and 2016 season’s a bit of a damp squib but we can hope for some great racing in the mean time. The fact is, Ferrari are already trying to grow some support for a new F1 with the release of their car of the future design here.

In the end, a change in 2016 or 2017 would mean that the series missed the mark with their current regulations and I wouldn’t put the issue to bed just yet. These unanimous, must be done prior to March 1st types of deals sometimes seem to be overridden by F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone somehow. Sometimes things just seem to go his way and I have to believe he wants a change now…no later than 2016.


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