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2019 regulation changes announced along with proposals for 2021 engine formula

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17/04/2018

The Formula 1 Strategy Group and Formula 1 Commission met today in Paris, in the presence of Jean Todt, FIA President, and Chase Carey, Chief Executive Officer of Formula 1.

According to the sport's governing body, the discussions regarding the future of the sport were "positive and constructive"

Regarding technical regulations for 2019, the following changes were agreed, subject to World Motor Sport Council approval:

Increase the fuel allowance for the race from 105 to 110 kg, in order to be able to use the engine at full power at all times

Separate the weight of the car from that of the driver

Require all drivers to wear biometric gloves to increase safety and facilitate medical rescue.

Discussions will continue on proposals relating to aerodynamics, with a view to taking a decision by the end of April, once research being conducted by the FIA, in consultation with the teams, has been concluded.

In addition, the FIA presented its proposals for the 2021 power unit regulations:

1.6 litre engine

V6 Turbo Hybrid

Deletion of MGU-H exhaust energy recovery.

The FIA Technical Department will meet with current and potential power unit manufacturers to discuss in more detail, with a view to concluding the 2021 regulations by the end of May.

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1. Posted by Roland, 19/04/2018 19:27

"They may add some 35 funny buttons, party modes, sex modes, dance modes, rocket modes etc. More than 50 years F1 was my favored; now, I'm a Dinosaur and tired about all the nonsense. Myself, still driving the good old shift-stick. "

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2. Posted by Spindoctor, 19/04/2018 16:23

"Given the rise & rise of Electrtic Road cars,. it's uinlikely that hybrids will be "relevant" for much longer....
Personally (as a Technology enthusiast) I like the current formula, and I don't really see the point of returning to pure IC V8\10\12's (been there, done that etc.).

From a pure 'Racing' point of view, the PU\Engine is largely irrelevant and if FIA wants to encourage racing it's going to have to sort-out the aero. Now there's a revelation....."

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3. Posted by The edge, 18/04/2018 18:06

"Why have a limit on fuel quantity all? They never had one before the hybrid eara so why have one now if they want the cars to be able to run at full power for the whole race. When will they learn? This is NOT endurance racing, it’s F1. No Bio-degradable tyres, no Fuel limits, light cars with preferably no stupid energy recovery systems that have to be dragged around the track and bring back re-fuelling also to make the cars handeling more consistant. I wanna see a scrap with the best drivers talents shinning, no more of the nonsense we’ve had for the last 5-8 years"

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4. Posted by NS Biker, 18/04/2018 17:51

"While I was never a fan of the Fuel Flow Limitation that is part of the current engine formula, I have to say .... it was pure genius. Not only did it limit total power output, it fostered advances in thermodynamic efficiency and in almost a single stroke (sorry, no pun intended), it put the brakes on engine development.
Yes, I am cheering the removal of this limitation for 2021, but the concern is what will replace it. And rest assured, something will.
Back in the Turbo Era, engines were 1,500 cc, some stock blocks, and the output was easily over 1,000 BHP with another 30% available in quali trim. At the end, they were effectively gas turbine power units with a reciprocating ignition and power-takeoff section. Amazing example of what can be developed by really smart people.
For the current engines as proposed, with no fuel flow restriction, 1,000 BHP should be the starting point. Some up to date design and the inevitable (unbelievably exotic) special fuel chemistry developments, compression ratios in the diesel range (Renault is already there I understand) and a few ceramic thermal coatings .... 1,200 BHP should achievable. They probably won't need to go beyond 12,000 rpm either.
Many years ago, Indy-Car imposed Boost Limits and they even mandated a standard Pop-Off valve. Then they backed out of methanol as a standard fuel and mandated gasoline, with a tight spec I am sure. Not sure what F1 will do, but they will do something.
Next question would be ..... if you can get oooodles of power from the ICE, why would you want a hybrid battery pack and all the complication (and weight) that goes with it? The ONLY reason to retain the hybrid technology is to have more power available than what the ICE can deliver. If the drivers foot and traction are the limiting factors, get rid of the battery, cables, control unit, motor/generator etc.
It will be interesting to see what evoleves from this and crawls up out of the tidal pool."

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5. Posted by V10s4Me, 18/04/2018 13:09

"In the innovation of the century now the cars will have enough fuel to actually have a race instead of lift and coast! But who dreamed up the idea of an extra 5 kg? They should be allowed to decide how much fuel they need as nobody is going to carry an extra 50 kg of weight unless they think they need it. To improve the sound of the cars put the V10's back in them. There was nothing wrong with the sound of the of the Minardi at the Australian Grand Prix."

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6. Posted by Rhaycen, 18/04/2018 4:07

"Ohhh I see. Clearly we're going to have amazing engines .. this will really improve the show of F1.

We're going from 1.6L V6 Hybrid Engines to 1.6L V6 Hybrid Engines ... the difference this will make will be amazing."

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7. Posted by itc, 17/04/2018 23:32

"With the advent of the biometric gloves, perhaps it's just as well the FIA got rid of the grid girls."

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8. Posted by klirens, 17/04/2018 22:45

"Just imagine driver's heartbeat displayed along with RPM, Gs, proximity of rivals, and other race excitements. "

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9. Posted by Pavlo, 17/04/2018 21:57

"Agree with Frank. They are definitely not making the racing any better. Safety is probably the one thing which constantly improves and positively impresses me always. These gloves are a good think, and potentially also a technology relevant to the general public - in distant future."

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10. Posted by Frank H, 17/04/2018 20:39

"Biometric gloves are there to assist with decisions when a car is for example buried beneath tires after a crash into the wall.
The gloves will give feedback of oxygen in the blood, pulse, if the driver is uncouncious, etc.

So, I can only see good things from biometric gloves. "

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11. Posted by Ro, 17/04/2018 20:14

"Nah, how is a pair of gloves going to make the racing closer, and more to the point, more like "RACING"???

GET RID OF THE CURLY_WURLY WINGS !!!!"

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12. Posted by nonickname, 17/04/2018 20:02

"That is what we really need to save F1.. BIOMETRIC GLOVES omg"

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