The FIA has confirmed Formula 1 is in line to undergo a series of changes, beginning imminently from the Belgian Grand Prix, after a decisive meeting of the Strategy Group.
With several teams calling for changes originally proposed for 2017 to be fast-tracked to 2016, FIA, FOM and teams have unanimously agreed to impose a series of restrictions that will focus on race starts and coaching over the radio during races.
Significantly, however, these plans are set to be rushed through in just two races time, with an introduction scheduled for the Belgian Grand Prix next month.
Though the exact details of the restrictions hasn't been revealed, the move comes after widespread criticism that F1 drivers are too readily guided during races by engineers, while the plans is set to see more manually engaged starts re-introduced.
According to a statement from the FIA, the plan is to 'bring back the driver in full control of the car, enhancing races excitement and unpredictability'.
Furthermore, the FIA says more restrictions will be proposed for the 2016, albeit pending unanimous support from all teams due to the earlier than planned introductory timescale.
The outcome is the result of the Strategy Group meeting in Biggin Hill yesterday and is one of several changes to be put forward to the F1 Commission via an express fax vote for an adoption at the World Motorsport Council in Mexico City, other changes proposed, which include:
An overhaul of the power unit penalties after a unanimous agreement between FIA, FOM and teams
Changes to the exhaust systems that will improve engine noise for 2016
Mandate given to FIA and FOM to propose comprehensive set of measures for power unit development and cost of supply
Full review of token system, increase in race fuel allowance, limits on the useage of engine dynamometers
Increased freedom of choice for tyre compounds is confirmed, with modalities being finalised with Pirelli for 2016
Proposals outlining new regulations that will result in faster, more aggressive looking cars for 2017 – including wider cars and wheels, new wins and floor shape, and increase aerodynamic downforce. Currently being assessed by teams
Several exciting and innovative changes to the qualifying and race weekend formats are being discussed for a 2016 introduction