The F1 Strategy Group met yesterday at Biggin Hill and discussed the current issues facing Formula 1 at the moment. Perhaps more importantly, they discussed changes that were to come not only in 2017 but this year and next.
The FIA statement via the distinguished F1 journalist Adam Cooper:
“Increased restrictions on driver aids and coaching received unanimous support and will be rapidly implemented, starting from this year’s Belgian Grand Prix – with a particular emphasis on race starts – and in 2016. These measures will bring back the driver in full control of the car, enhancing races excitement and unpredictability.
“Following the Austrian GP, an overhaul of the power unit penalties has been unanimously agreed and will be submitted to the F1 Commission via an express fax vote for an adoption at the World Motor Sport Council in Mexico City next week, together with changes to the exhaust system that will improve engine noise for 2016.
“Furthermore, it was agreed to allow an extra power unit per driver in the first year to any new manufacturer entering the championship and, for the sake of fairness, the measure will apply retroactively to Honda for the 2015 season.
“Mandate has been given to the FIA and FOM to propose a comprehensive set of measures for power unit development and cost of supply, including full review of the token system, increase in race fuel allowance, limits on the usage of engine dynamometers etc.
“Increased freedom of choice for tyre compounds has been confirmed and the modalities are being finalised with Pirelli for 2016.
“A new set of regulations aimed at achieving faster and more aggressive looking cars for 2017, to include wider cars and wheels, new wings and floor shape and significantly increased aerodynamic downforce has been outlined and is currently being assessed by the teams.
“Several exciting and innovative changes to the qualifying and race weekend formats have also been discussed and are being evaluated by FIA and FOM for a 2016 introduction.”
So there you have it. As Adam himself pointed out on Twitter, we’ll have to hold our expectations and possible anxiety over just what they mean by “Exciting and innovative changes to qualifying and race weekend formats” might actually mean but given the spate of constructs this series has thrown at fans, this could end in tears. The recent fan survey show they are fed up with trinkets, bobbles, constructs and gimmicks.
Hat Tip: Adam Cooper