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FIA F1 World Championship regulation changes - in full

Full look at the F1 regulation changes announced today following a meeting of the F1 Strategy Group and the Formula One Commission in Paris.
The full statement issued today by the FIA F1 press office:


FIA Formula One World Championship - Formula One Regulation Changes
9.12.2013

Following a meeting of the F1 Strategy Group and the Formula One Commission in Paris today, the following items have been unanimously approved:

Cost cap:
The principle of a global cost cap has been adopted. The limit will be applied from January 2015.

A working group will be established within the coming days comprising the FIA, representatives of the Commercial Rights Holder and Team representatives.

The objective of the working group will be to have regulations approved by the end of June 2014.

Pirelli tyre test – Bahrain, 17-19 December, 2013:
The F1 Commission agreed to a change to the 2013 Sporting Regulations, on safety grounds, allowing the Formula One tyre supplier to carry out a three-day test in Bahrain from 17-19 December, 2013. All Formula One teams have been invited to take part in the test and six have accepted: Red Bull Racing, Mercedes, Ferrari, McLaren, Force India and Toro Rosso.

Driver numbers:
Drivers will be asked to choose their race number, between 2 and 99, for the duration of their career in the FIA Formula One World Championship. Number 1 will be reserved for the current World Champion, should he choose to use it.

If more than one driver chooses the same number, priority will be given to the driver who finished highest in the previous year's championship.

New penalties:
The principle of a five-second penalty for minor infringements was agreed. In what form such a penalty will be applied will be discussed with Formula One's teams in order that a new regulation be introduced for 2014 season.

Points for last race:
Double drivers' and constructors' points will be awarded at the final race of the Formula One season in order to maximise focus on the Championship until the end of the campaign.

These changes are immediately applicable, given the mandate assigned to the FIA President at the last World Motor Sport Council meeting, held on 4 December in Paris.

FIA Formula One Press Office




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KevinW

December 09, 2013 11:11 PM

Double points for the last race is bad news. I was personally wrecked by that stupid rule in sportscars in 2009. In the races leading to the final, I was leading the points comfortably by finishing well all season. Then, in the race just prior to the final event, I wash crashed out by a lap car (blindly drove into me) - causing more damage to the car than I could repair in a week. The second place driver won the final race as a result, and I lost the championship by one single point. Had he been awarded regular points, I would still have taken the championship by 12 points. It stinks, and is just more fakery and manipulation for turning F1 into an entertainment and away from being a real sport. But then again, if you look back over the last 4 seasons, the results would not have changed at all, only the gap to 2nd would increase - so I guess in F1 it's just irrelevant stupidity.



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