FIA on: Germany, Turkey, France, Wings, lumps and more

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The FIA met in Istanbul this week to ratify some outstanding issue regarding the technical and sporting regulations for 2013 and beyond. Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone wanted to meet with Turkish promoters in an attempt to get the Turkish Grand Prix back on the schedule prior to the meeting and one outcome of the World Motor Sport Council was the moving of the German Grand Prix forward to July 7th instead of July 21st as previously proposed. this move is to accomodate a European race and many presume it is a placeholder for the French Grand Prix. Now word on the location between Magny Cours or Paul Ricard yet.

As for other resolutions, here is the complete list:

FIA FORMULA ONE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

The date for the 2013 Grand Prix of Germany has been moved to 7 July, and 21 July has been reserved for another F1 European event, subject to the approval of the relevant ASNs.

Amendments have been made to the 2013 and 2014 Sporting and Technical Regulations:

2013 F1 Technical Regulations

  • More stringent front wing deflection tests have been introduced.
  • Minor changes have been made to the front roll structure design.
  • There is an increase in minimum weight to compensate for an increase in tyre weight for 2013.
  • Deletion of the ‘force majeure’ allowance when a car stops on the track in qualifying. The FIA will determine how much fuel the car would have used to get back to the pits and add it to the one litre sample minimum.
  • All chassis will now have higher static loads applied to them (formerly only one chassis was tested to the higher loads with subsequent chassis being tested to 20% lower proof loads).

2013 F1 Sporting Regulations

  • For safety reasons, use of the DRS during practice will now only be allowed in the place(s) it will be used on the track in the race.
  • The team personnel curfew will be extended from six to eight hours on Thursday night and only two exceptions will be allowed during a season (formerly four).

2014 F1 Technical Regulations

  • A new draft with numerous changes was discussed and agreed by the F1 Technical Working Group and Powertrain Working Group.
  • The requirement for cars to be driven exclusively under electric power in the pit lane has been postponed until 2017.
  • A number of changes have been made to the power unit regulations with the aim of limiting technology in some areas in order to reduce development costs.
  • Changes made to bodywork design, originally aimed at reducing downforce and drag for increased efficiency, have reverted to 2012 specification.
  • The minimum weight limit has been raised to compensate for additional power unit weight.

Of note is the postponement of the pit lane electric power issue, limited powertrain technology to reduce costs and the reverted regulations for aerodynamics to 2012 specification. The weight limit has increased to accomodate the powertrain regulations so this may give some clue as to the materials used or structure which would increase weight. Also, the team curfew has been increased with only two exemptions per year and the Force Majeure deletion will be managed by estimating the fuel used to return to the pits by any car that stops on track.

What jumps out at you? What are your thoughts on these regulations and the notion of a Turkish and French Grand Prix?

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