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FIA issues statement following meeting of Strategy Group

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02/07/2015

The FIA has issued a statement following yesterday's meeting of the Strategy Group.

Other than the range of changes announced, both short and long-term, and though many have yet to be approved by the FIA and FOM, the recognition of the need for changes indicates that the powers-that-be are finally coming to terms with the fact the sport has a problem.

The statement reads:

The Strategy Group met yesterday in Biggin Hill, as planned, to follow up on the package of measures proposed at the last meeting and assess new directions for the future of Formula 1. It was a very constructive meeting, which led to approval of important decision and innovative evolutions.

Increased restrictions on driver aids and coaching received unanimous support and will be rapidly implemented, starting from this year’s Belgian Grand Prix - with a particular emphasis on race starts – and in 2016. These measures will bring back the driver in full control of the car, enhancing races excitement and unpredictability.

Following the Austrian GP, an overhaul of the power unit penalties has been unanimously agreed and will be submitted to the F1 Commission via an express fax vote for an adoption at the World Motorsport Council in Mexico City next week, together with changes to the exhaust system that will improve engine noise for 2016.

Furthermore, it was agreed to allow an extra power unit per driver in the first year to any new manufacturer entering the championship and, for the sake of fairness, the measure will apply retroactively to Honda for the 2015 season.

Mandate has been given to the FIA and FOM to propose a comprehensive set of measures for power unit development and cost of supply, including full review of the token system, increase in race fuel allowance, limits on the usage of engine dynamometers etc.

Increased freedom of choice for tyre compounds has been confirmed and the modalities are being finalised with Pirelli for 2016.

A new set of regulations aimed at achieving faster and more aggressive looking cars for 2017, to include wider cars and wheels, new wings and floor shape and significantly increased aerodynamic downforce has been outlined and is currently being assessed by the teams.

Several exciting and innovative changes to the qualifying and race weekend formats have also been discussed and are being evaluated by FIA and FOM for a 2016 introduction.

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1. Posted by VC10-1103, 03/07/2015 17:26

""V-8's, V-10's, V-12's produce harmonious, maybe even glorious 'sound', NOT noise, the current engines make 'Truck like' noise, so I want BETTER sound from the engines NOT necessarily 'Louder' noise or sound."

Bring back the Ferrari Flat-12 & BRM V-12"

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2. Posted by SideGlance, 03/07/2015 9:19

"How many 'monkey brains' does it take to equal ONE 'strategy group members brain' ?

Yes, it is a negative number, -6 to -8, yes do the math, 6 'strategy group members brains' = 1 monkey brain, up to 8 'strategy group members brains' = 1 chimp brain.

See I CAN do math !!!! ;) Here 'strategy group members brain' a free banana, Enjoy !!"

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3. Posted by SideGlance, 03/07/2015 9:14

"Tis true, the current engine produce 'noise', but engines of the past produced lovely 'sound'. Noise is something you DO NOT WANT, like unceasing babbling by race commentators, or the current engine 'sound'.

V-8's, V-10's, V-12's produce harmonious, maybe even glorious 'sound', NOT noise, the current engines make 'Truck like' noise, so I want BETTER sound from the engines NOT necessarily 'Louder' noise or sound.

Is that not a clear thing to FIA and most F1 ppl, or are they all tone-deaf mutants or with lousy hearing aids ??

Should I speak UP or print out the words for them ?? ;)"

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4. Posted by Jonno, 03/07/2015 7:24

"Is it necessary to point out that the teams/manufacturers are responsible for designing cars that require coaching and who took away the 'driver control'? As the drivers are employees of the teams, we are not going to hear what they really think about F1 as it is today or tomorrow, for fear of losing their seats.
"

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5. Posted by Darvi, 03/07/2015 7:06

"What they need is:

Common front and rear wings
Common underfloor/diffuser
Larger tyres
Cheaper engines
Fairer distribution of money

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6. Posted by mike, 03/07/2015 4:10

"Don't artificially fix the sound! New engine, no turbo, Increase RPM and HP will do the trick... Please, no more gimmicks...."

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7. Posted by Paul C, 03/07/2015 3:53

"The Strategy Group is a typical group of heads with no brains."

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8. Posted by CL, 02/07/2015 23:42

"The aerodynamics seems to be the addiction to wind tunnels & CFD and the teams saying "we've spent so much money on this, it's got to stay relevant!"

As you say, less reliance on downforce, more on mechanical grip would be better for the racing."

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9. Posted by Oldbuzzard, 02/07/2015 22:13

"I cannot for the life of me understand how increasing downforce will make the racing more exciting. Making the cars stick to the road better will only make for single line racing and little overtaking. Been there, done that. Less downforce and bigger, but harder, tires will create visual excitement and more work for the driver. To separate the Hamiltons from the Maldonados, that will do it. Big tires, loud engines and smaller wings - a recipe for success and exciting racing. "

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10. Posted by Ro, 02/07/2015 22:02

"sounds to me that it was just another jollie....talk for hours, achieve nothing......"

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11. Posted by Stitch431, 02/07/2015 20:15

"sounds like a good start to solve the problems. Now please keep at it!"

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