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Steering wheels among parts FIA is looking to standardise

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29/03/2019

Having revealed in February that it was seeking to standardise the gearbox cassette, following the subsequent meeting of the World Motor Sport Council earlier this month, just 22 words were devoted to F1.

Those 22 words however, as we reported at the time, were likely to send a shudder through the sport and its fans.

"The Council approved the launch of a series of tenders within the context of the ongoing development of the 2021 Technical Regulations," they read.

Today it has been revealed that in its determination to reduce spending, which it aims to do partly by introducing a budget cap, the sport is also seeking to standardise more parts and thereby curb unnecessary spending.

In particular, the sport is seeking to reduce spending on those parts the fans don't see and which are considered to be unimportant to fans, those components in which fans have no interest in who manufactures them.

At this week's meeting of the Strategy Group the teams were given a list of components that the sport is seeking to standardise, and according to Auto Motor und Sport, they include the following:

Calipers, brake discs, brake pads, steering column, rims, halo, crash structures (laterally and behind), axles, nuts, driveshaft, brake and accelerator pedals, DRS mechanism, the innards of the fuel tank such as pumps and pit stop equipment: Including jack, gallows and impact wrench.

According to Auto Motor und Sport the savings are estimated at 300,000 euros (258k / $336k) a year, and while most of these components will indeed make no difference to most fans, it remains to be seen how the drivers react to a standard steering wheel.

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1. Posted by phantom, 30/03/2019 19:10

"Okay. Why not just make them run Indy cars (or whatever they're called now)? Let them label them as they see fit and save TONS of money! The fans? The much-talked-about fans will get lip service as usual. It's all about money, apparently. (Yes, I know that, but really. . .!)"

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2. Posted by Insane Reindeer, 30/03/2019 15:00

"No, no, no!

The pedals? Umm, these aren't some mass produced cars with loads of room for the drivers to adjust themselves in. That is just a case of listing an item the "fans" can't see without actually thinking about how an F1 car is built around a person as well as a rule book. Utter idiocy.

Yes, I agree, getting the drivers to agree on standard steering wheel is going to be impossible. Even more impossible than Kubica getting a podium finish this weekend.

As for the rest, yeah, I can see some teams going along with that list, to a degree (as long as the bits are all the same spec that either Mercedes or Ferrari run now) but the big teams are never going to go for it. And quite rightly so. "

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