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WMSC announces decisions

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23/01/2014

Following an extraordinary meeting of the FIA's World Motor Sport Council (WMSC) in Geneva today, a number of decisions were taken.

With double points not getting a mention, despite widespread condemnation from teams, drivers and fans, the proposal to them for the season finale in Abu Dhabi will go ahead, though it is not yet known whether Bernie Ecclesotne's wish to desire the scheme introduced for the final three races in 2015 will go ahead.

The FIA President, Jean Todt, reaffirmed to members of the WMSC the FIA's intention to assure a healthy, affordable and spectacular FIA Formula One World Championship for the long-term future.

At a meeting of the F1 Strategy Group on Wednesday, chaired by Todt, and attended by Ecclestone and the teams, it was unanimously agreed that cost reduction and cost control regulations will be presented to the WMSC in June 2014 for introduction in January 2015.

Amendments to the 2014 Sporting Regulations were also approved, but are subject to ratification by the F1 Commission and teams.

These include:

The Stewards may now impose a five second time penalty which can be taken before work is carried out on the car in a pit stop.

Team personnel must also wear helmets during qualifying, as well as the race.

Drivers may not stop on the slowing down lap to save fuel for sampling and subsequent analysis; this will not be considered justifiable reason for stopping.

For 2014 only, each team will be allowed six curfew 'jokers', previously there were two permitted. This is to allow more flexibility for working on the new engines and cars.

Amendments to the 2014 Technical Regulations, subject to agreement of the F1 Commission and teams:

The weight of the car, without fuel, must not be less than 691kg at all times during the Event. The weight limit has increased by 1kg to take into account the difference in weight between the tyres in 2013 and 2014

Amendments to the 2015 Sporting Regulations, subject to agreement of the F1 Commission:

To be considered as a constructor, teams will now not need to design and manufacture suspension and brake ducts

Amendments to the 2015 Technical Regulations, subject to agreement of the F1 Commission:

The car minimum weight has been increased by 10kg, to 701kg, for 2015

All tyre heating devices will be prohibited in 2015

For safety reasons, the front part of the chassis will not be able to climb too steeply rearward of the front of the chassis.

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1. Posted by Rock Doc, 23/01/2014 23:56

"Is the sport for the fans or for the people running it. The double points is so dumb I can't believe it was even thought up in the first place. And now we are stuck with it.

We put up with the constant rule changes. The lowering of the driver ability in the bottom half of the field. Good drivers loosing seats to those who can pay. Teams that prop up the back of the field. It kills the sport little by little.

But now we have this stupid points system. It's totally crazy. Someone get a brain please ......"

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2. Posted by GrahamG, 23/01/2014 21:20

"Sorry, that's it
Enough of this idiocy, it is supposed to be a competition to find the best car/driver combination
Now its a TV game show
F1 no longer of any interest, I'm going to follow Le Mans series where innovation and proper racing are respected."

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