FIA Sets Stricter Formula 1 Rules for 2014
- The FIA has confirmed 2014 regulations for Formula 1 and other auto racing series.
- A driver penalty-points system will be instituted in F1, with an ultimate punishment of suspension from competition.
- Specifications for F1's new gasoline-electric hybrid powertrains will include a requirement for use of electric drive at all times in pit lane.
GOODWOOD, England — Dramatically revised regulations governing Formula 1 and other racing series were confirmed Friday by the World Motor Sport Council, with a penalty-points system and revolutionary changes in power systems decided.
Jean Todt, president of sanctioning body Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA), and Bernie Ecclestone, commercial rights holder for F1, indicated that a renewal of the Concorde Agreement, the governing document for management of the global grand prix series, will be signed soon.
Among highlights of the new regulations, a driver penalty-points system will be implemented. Any driver who accumulates 12 points will be banned from the next race. One to three points will be assessed by race officials for varying offenses.
Specifications for the new 1.6-liter turbocharged V6 engines were outlined, along with requirements for the mandatory hybrid-electric energy-recovery systems. A significant change will require the gasoline engine to be shut down and the electric drive used to propel the car at all times in the pit lane. No ignition and fuel supply to the engine will be permitted in the pits.
The council also approved an earlier-than-usual window for testing of the new cars and powertrains, although specific dates were not revealed. In-season testing will be restored, following this controversy-marred season in which several teams have taken part in "tire tests" that have drawn criticism from competitors and judgments from the FIA.
Along with the resumption of in-season testing, restrictions will be placed on factory work, such as wind-tunnel and computational fluid dynamic development procedures, in an attempt to maintain some control of team operating costs.
Regulations for rally, endurance, touring car, junior formula series, drag racing and other forms of motor sport, including the new Formula E Championship for electric-powered single-seaters, were also released.
The Concorde Agreement was named because the original document was executed in 1987 at the Place de la Concorde in Paris. The next renewal will be the seventh edition of the document, which governs the business terms of the Formula 1 racing series.
The announcements came at the conclusion of the inaugural FIA Sport Conference Week, an event created to provide a venue for networking and business exchange for those in the world of motorsport. It was held ahead of the annual Goodwood Festival of Speed, scheduled this year July 12-14.
Edmunds says: Pit crew members and others in the pit lane will have to be alert for approaching cars, as the machines will be silent with their gasoline engines shut off as they enter and exit pit lane.