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FIA tweaks 2013 and 2014 regulations and adds another 2013 European race to calendar


By Berthold Bouman

During a meeting of the FIA World Motor Sport Council (WMSC) in Istanbul, Turkey, amendments have been made to the 2013 and 2014 Sporting and Technical Regulations. Formula One’s governing body has tweaked the regulations regarding deflection of wings and the problem with cars running out of fuel during qualifying has also been addressed.

FIA WMSC meeting at Istanbul

FIA WMSC meeting at Istanbul

As already was announced, the Drag Reductions System (DRS) may only be used during qualifying and practice sessions in the same zones as during the race, the unlimited use of DRS had raised safety concerns, the FIA thinks the ‘trial period’ of DRS is now over.

FIA Race Director Charlie Whiting recently said about DRS, “The whole point of the DRS was to improve overtaking in the race — that’s the sole and stated reason for it — and we didn’t really want to have it used in qualifying and practice before but we were rather worried we may not have an effective DRS. Now I believe with all the information we have, we should not see any reduction in the power of the DRS.”

The FIA also moved the German Grand Prix to July 7, as another European race will be added to the 2013 calendar (to replace the New Jersey race), which will take place on July 21. Realistically speaking there is only one venue on the FIA’s list, the Turkish Grand Prix at the Istanbul Park circuit, with its famous Turn Eight. Read the complete FIA statement:

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.

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