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Cost cap, double points for Abu Dhabi part of new FIA regulation changes

Dec 9, 2013, 1:45 PM EDT

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A meeting of the F1 Strategy Group and Formula One Commission today in Paris has yielded approval of several new regulation changes, most of which will take effect in 2014.

But perhaps the biggest change of all won’t come until 2015, when a budget cap will be instituted. A working group made up of representatives from the FIA, the commercial rights holder and F1 teams, will be created to finalize regulations on the cap by the end of next June.

Former FIA president Max Mosley attempted to put in a cap several years ago, but the plan was dropped amid opposition from the teams.

In regards to the short term, approval has been given for double points for drivers and constructors at the final round of the F1 season from 2014 onwards.

Per the FIA’s release on the regulations, this is being carried out to “maximize focus on the Championship until the end of the campaign.” As a result, the winner of the season-ending Grand Prix will receive a total of 50 points, second place receiving 36 points, third place receiving 30 points, and so on across the remainder of the Top 10.

Also among the changes are the institution of permanent numbers for drivers, who will be asked to choose between No. 2 and No. 99 for their F1 careers.

The No. 1 will continue to be reserved for the World Champion if he decides to use it, and should two drivers choose the same number, priority will be given to the driver that did best in the prior year’s championship.

Tire manufacturer Pirelli has been allowed to stage a three-day test session for all F1 squads on Dec. 17-19 in Bahrain. The Commission agreed to change the sporting regulations on safety grounds in order to set up the session. Six teams have already RSVP’d: Red Bull, Mercedes, Ferrari, Force India, McLaren and Toro Rosso.

Finally, a five-second penalty for “minor infringements” was agreed upon, although the exact form of the penalty still needs to be discussed with F1 teams so a new regulation can be introduced in time for 2014.

  1. kitnamania13 - Dec 9, 2013 at 2:32 PM

    Double points for the final Grand Prix is the single dumbest idea in F1 since Bernie’s proposed medal system.

  2. mrhighlyevolved - Dec 9, 2013 at 2:59 PM

    I don’t particularly care for any of these changes, but double points for the final race is the worst idea I’ve heard since New Coke. Hopefully someone comes to their senses quickly and we don’t have to deal with this for a long time…

  3. indycarseries500 - Dec 9, 2013 at 4:09 PM

    Love the permanent numbers and the tire tests

    Budget caps will be nearly impossible to police

    Time penalties can get messy

    As far as the double points, it’s not the travesty most will make it out to be. It’s just how the WDC and WCC will be determined and it’s the same for everybody. Sit back and enjoy as it should promote harder, more competitive racing.

    • indycarseries500 - Dec 9, 2013 at 4:26 PM

      Not saying I support the idea of double points for Abu Dhabi, personally I would’ve kept it the same or done it for the last 3 races, just saying there’s nothing we can do about it now so let’s find some positives and go racing.

  4. smokeyt - Dec 9, 2013 at 5:07 PM

    Who is running this show nascar, i prefer tradition over this double points mess. Next they will have a chase implemented, leave it alone.

  5. Jeff - Dec 9, 2013 at 7:49 PM

    I don’t like any of these changes.

  6. testover6370 - Dec 9, 2013 at 7:59 PM

    If you want a fair, consistent points system that delivers a down-to-the-last-race championship battle every year, look at Indycar. For all their issues, they’ve had great success producing a close championship without any gimmicks. Then again being a near-spec series probably also helps that, and a more open rulebook allows people who have nailed it to run away with it.

  7. Matthew - Dec 9, 2013 at 10:21 PM

    Reblogged this on Carolina Mountain Blue and commented:
    Double points for the season finale….did I read that right? What, has the FIA become permanently stuck on stupid now?

  8. AGMWorld - Dec 9, 2013 at 11:49 PM

    I believe it when I see it, F1 fans. F1 can’t stop themselves from over spending. A budget cap in my opinion, will never happen in F1.

  9. redrock81 - Dec 10, 2013 at 6:14 PM

    Double points for the last race is stupid and I bet the teams and drivers will dispute that.

    Cut costs? If they really want to cut cost why don’t they just cut down the number of Grand Prix a year? The Korean and Indian GP have to go as they are the least attended ones…

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