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F1 teams approve rule changes

F1 commission approves a change to the regulations regarding tyres for the 2010 season, while new points system is also confirmed
F1 teams have approved a change to the tyre rules for the 2010 season, which will force the top ten qualifiers to start the race on the same tyres they used to set their quickest qualifying times.

The proposal was agreed during the latest meeting of the F1 commission on Monday, with the decisions announced by the FIA set to add a new strategic element to qualifying during the year ahead.

It will lead to teams needing to evaluate how to approach qualifying, with the possibility that teams will sacrifice going for a quick time by using a tyre that will be better suited to the race. Alternatively, teams could use a tyre that will allow them to secure a better grid position but then face the prospect of being disadvantaged when race day arrives.

The teams have also agreed to reduce the number of sets of dry tyres available from 14 to eleven per team, with further changes to encourage cars to take part in Friday practice. Under the new rules, one set of tyres must be returned before the start of second practice, and two sets before the start of third practice.

A revised version of the new points system was also approved during the meeting, which gives a greater advantage to a driver winning a race.

Under the agreed plans, the winner of the race will secure 25 points with the runner-up taking 18 – a difference of seven points as opposed to the five initially suggested.

The points system for 2010 will reward the top ten drivers and run 25-18-15-12-10-8-6-4-2-1.

Further measures for 2010 are to be examined.

Further down the line, teams have agreed to effectively ban the controversial double diffuser from 2011.

The aerodynamic device proved to be a bone of contention during the 2009 season as a number of teams – including title winners Brawn GP – were able to exploit the rules to run the device from the start of the campaign, leading to a number of protests from other teams before the device was declared legal.

Under the new regulations, the permitted height of the main diffuser will be reduced from 175mm to 125mm.

Tagged as: FIA , qualifying , points , tyres , F1 Commission

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Speed - Unregistered

February 02, 2010 12:45 PM

What a joke! Am i the only one who would rather go back to a 60 minute shoot out with drivers having 12 laps to set their fastest time and a points system of 10-6-4-3-2-1? Bring back the old formula 1 that we all know and love. No electronic aids so the emphasis is on watching the best drivers in the world rather then the best technology plus would make F1 cheaper than it currently is. Was very much looking forward to this season but yet again they try and ruin it by introducing stupid, ill concieved rules!

Cubikrube - Unregistered

February 02, 2010 10:53 AM

I honestly thought this tyre thing was a joke and now i see it's true! Whatever happened to fastest car/driver wins? This seems like change for change sake rather than actually being a good idea. And 7 points gap between 1st and 2nd seems rather large to me, what was wrong with just sticking to the MotoGP points scoring if you were going to change it. It's almost like Bernie got his gold medals despite last year showing what a mess of an idea it was. I'm surprised to say the least, time will tell if it will make for better racing, at this moment i find it hard to believe that it will

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