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Max Mosely proposes new Formula One rule changes

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Lots of new rule change proposals will be discussed at the F1 Manufacturers’ Advisory Commission meeting next month for introduction in the 2011 formula one season.

Some of the key areas for discussion will include

  • A turbo booster button , to encourage overtaking.
  • The Engines will be proposed to be used for five straight races instead of two races which is currently the norm.
  • BioFuels are proposed to be used , instead of the fossil fuels being used these days.
  • Traction control systems and Stability control systems will be discussed.

Max Mosely stressed upon the need for greener technologies in formula one.

Max Mosely

“We will work closely with the manufacturers to ensure that the new environmentally relevant technologies that many of them are developing are made our priority” Mosely said

“We are in active discussions with the major manufacturers to ensure that, in future, research and development relevant only to F1 will be discouraged, whereas that which has relevance to road-car development will be encouraged.

“We understand that such an approach has broad support from the competing manufacturers and we will work closely with them to ensure that, in particular, the new environmentally relevant technologies that many of them are developing are made our priority.

“While aiming to achieve these goals, we will ensure that the sporting spectacle of F1 remains the same or is even improved by the new developments.”

The F1 Manufacturers’ Advisory Commission includes Volkswagen, Ford, Fiat Ferrari, Mercedes McLaren, BMW, Renault, Toyota and Honda.

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May 20th, 2007 at 3:56 am

Bridgestone to introduce New Tyre Markers

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After the white spot on the tyre didn’t work too well for TV spectators of formula one, Tyre compounds shall now be easily distinguishable by the colour of treads. The softer compound tyres will be having a white line running through its treads so that TV audiences are easily able to judge the tyre compound. The Formula One regulatory body FIA hopes that this will help add to the excitement of the race.

Bridgestone’s head of Formula One track Operations, Kees van de Grint, said:

“This has received a positive response from teams and onlookers.”

“It is time consuming to apply to the tyres but is clearly visible on track.”

According to new FIA Formula One rules all teams must use both of the 2 types of tyres in the race.

Here are photos of the new markings, easily seen from all angles !

Bridgestone's new tyre marking for softer compound tyres? Bridgestone's new tyre marking for softer compound tyres

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April 3rd, 2007 at 6:46 am

Traction Control banned in F1 from 2008

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FIA banned the usage of traction controls from 2008. Traction controls have long been criticized for reducing the dependence on driver skill and making it much easier to drive. In 2001 traction controls were reallowed after reports of cheating started pouring in about Traction control usage by top teams. But now all such systems have been explicitly banned. Teams will be forced to use standard ECU units produced by Microsoft.


“No car may be equipped with a system or device which is capable of preventing the driven wheels from spinning under power or of compensating for excessive throttle demand by the driver.

“Any device or system which notifies the driver of the onset of wheel spin is not permitted.”

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March 31st, 2007 at 8:17 am

Bernie proposes change in F1 point structure

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The man everyone loves to hate in F1, FIA topshot Bernie Ecclestone has gone on record to say that he will be proposing a change in the points structure from the 2008 formula one season.

“With second place getting eight points it is not right that the winner takes only 10,” said Ecclestone

“For 2008 I will propose a change. The guy who wins more should be champion.”

Ironically , F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone is himself the man behind the current point system. The current point system was introduced in 2003, and was a part of many decisions taken in haste to cut the gap between Ferrari and the other teams. Bernie now wants to change the very system he pioneered, F1 really needs some smart brains. Initially in 2002, the system was 10 for first and 6 championship points for second.

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March 13th, 2007 at 5:03 am

2007 Formula One Rule Changes

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2007 Formula One Rule changes Enforced by the Formula One Administration (FIA)

  • FIA had planned to switch to a single tyre manufacturer from 2008, but Michelin had announced they will end participation in Formula 1 after 2006, leaving Bridgestone as the sole tyres supplier from 2007 to 2010.
  • Tyres will be supplied in accordance with the revised Sporting Regulations, which provide for a total of 14 sets of dry weather tyres per driver over the race weekend: four sets for Friday only, and 10 for the rest of the weekend.
  • The teams finishing 5th??”11th in the previous seasons’ Constructors’ Championship will no longer be allowed to run a third car on Friday following a rule change.The teams that finish 1st??”4th are already banned from doing so.
  • Engine development will be frozen from the 2006 Japanese Grand Prix, with these engines being used for the whole of 2007 and 2008. This is described as engine “homologation” by the FIA. It was previously set to be introduced in 2008.
  • All cars will be fitted with red, blue and yellow cockpit lights. The purpose is to give drivers information concerning track signals or conditions. The lights must be LEDs each with a minimum diameter of 5mm and which are fitted in order that they are directly in the driver??(tm)s normal line of sight.
  • In order to give rescue crews an immediate indication of accident severity each car must be fitted with a warning light which is connected to the FIA data logger. The light must face upwards and be recessed into the top of the survival cell no more than 150mm from the car centre line and the front of the cockpit opening and as near to the marshal neutral switch as is practical.
  • The two Friday practice sessions will expand from 60 minutes to 90 minutes. Any team will be allowed to use two cars, which may be driven by either the two race drivers or a nominated third driver.
  • The engine penalty will now only apply in the second day of the grand prix weekends. Any engine change in the first day will not be penalised.
  • No car will be allowed to enter the pits during a safety car period until all cars are in the group following the safety car. This prevents drivers from racing to the pits immediately after a safety car is deployed. In addition, any lapped cars in front of a car on the lead lap will be required to pass the safety car and restart at the end of the line-up instead of maintaining their physical position.
  • The Formula 1 teams have unanimously agreed to the voluntary early introduction of the testing agreement scheduled for 2008. This limits each team to an annual limit of 30,000 km.

Rule Changes compiled from Wikipedia

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January 5th, 2007 at 9:15 am

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