A change for the better: double diffusers likely to be banned in 2011

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Autosport reveals the F1 teams are planning a change in the technical rules to ban double diffusers – but not until after the 2010 F1 season. The thinking is this will help keep cornering speeds down and hopefully reduce the turbulence coming from the back of F1 cars, allowing them to follow each other more … Continue reading A change for the better: double diffusers likely to be banned in 2011

FIA aims to get all teams to cap budgets using one-sided regulations

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The publication today of the FIA’s budget cap plan for 2010 shows it intends to get every team competing under the spending limit. Rather than offering technical regulation that would allow cost-capped teams to compete on parity with the unlimited spenders, it seems to me the rules for next year would favour those sticking to … Continue reading FIA aims to get all teams to cap budgets using one-sided regulations

How new rules will change 2010 F1 cars

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The FIA has announced further details of changes to F1?s technical rules for 2010. Chief among these is the widely-expected banning of refuelling and tyre warmers. The minimum weight of the cars is also being increased from 605kg to 620kg, and there are revisions to the rules governing KERS. How are these changes, together with … Continue reading How new rules will change 2010 F1 cars

The new safety car rules are an improvement but could still go wrong

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The final 2009 F1 rules published by the FIA a few weeks ago revealed that the much-derided ??pit lane closure? rule, which ruined several drivers’ races in 2007 and 2008, is finally being dropped. But today the it has revealed that instead of returning to the pre-2007 safety car rules, drives (and fans) will have … Continue reading The new safety car rules are an improvement but could still go wrong

Drivers will not get penalties for pitting during a safety car period in 2009

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Alianora la Canta’s rigorous analysis of the 2009 sporting rules turned up a surprising and un-announced change. The ‘pit lane closure’ rule has been dropped. The controversial rule required the pit lane to be declared closed at the beginning of a safety car period, and any driver who pitted during that time received a penalty. … Continue reading Drivers will not get penalties for pitting during a safety car period in 2009

How new engine rules will affect strategy

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Ferrari’s Stefano Domenicali has been talking about the changes to the F1 engine rules for 2009. Gone are the days of teams using one engine for each two consecutive rounds. The 2009 system is more complex: it could face some teams with challenging questions – especially at the end of the season – and it … Continue reading How new engine rules will affect strategy

Ferrari and BMW?s clash over KERS could signal a threat to FOTA unity

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The first fault line has opened in what so far has been the impressively solid unity of the Formula 1 Teams? Association. Speaking at Ferrari?s annual press skiing event, Stefano Domenicali complained that BMW had vetoed the efforts of the other teams to postpone the introduction of Kinetic Energy Recovery Systems (KERS) for 2009 due … Continue reading Ferrari and BMW?s clash over KERS could signal a threat to FOTA unity

Max Mosley’s U-turns for 2009 and 2010

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You can accuse Max Mosley of many things, but you can’t accuse him of being consistent. The next two years will see at least three reversals of major policy decisions taken by Mosley during his 17-year presidency of the FIA. Why the U-turns? Is Mosley being forced to take decisions he doesn’t agree with? Is … Continue reading Max Mosley’s U-turns for 2009 and 2010