F1 going through sporting and technical changes in 2011, 2012 and 2013

After the World Motor Sport Council meeting in Monaco, the FIA published a statement which confirms the use of greener engines from 2013. The statement also rescinded the ban on team orders with immediate effect, including other changes (below).

In 2013, all teams will be required to use 1.6 liter 4-cylinder engines with high pressure gasoline injection spinning at 12,000 rpm (similar to the older BMW F1 engine shown in the drawing above) as opposed to the 2.4 liter V8 engines used today with an 18,000 rpm redline, further solidifying the FIA’s commitment to improving sustainability in motorsport. It is expected that the engines will have a 35% reduction in fuel consumption through the use of extensive energy management and energy recovery systems, while maintaining current levels of performance. Also in 2013, each driver will be allowed only five engines throughout the season (penalized if they utilize more), with the following years seeing a further drop to four engines only.

For 2012, the following technical regulations will be implemented:

  1. Team communications will be made available to broadcasters
  2. The inclusion of fuel compounds produced from biomass
  3. A limitation on suspension uprights

For next season (2011), the following sporting and technical regulations have been amended:

  1. The article forbidding team orders (39.1) is deleted. Teams will be reminded that any actions liable to bring the sport into disrepute are dealt with under Article 151c of the International Sporting Code and any other relevant provisions
  2. Amendments to the list of penalties Stewards are permitted to apply
  3. Revisions to driving and driver conduct
  4. A limit on the width of the fast lane in the pits
  5. The introduction of a regulation permitting the Race Director to close the pit lane during a race for safety reasons
  6. The re-introduction of intermediate tyres for 2011
  7. Penalties to be applied to any driver who fails to use both specification of dry weather tyre during the race
  8. An amendment requiring gearboxes to be used for five consecutive races, instead of four
  9. Clarification on when cars can overtake the safety car
  10. A refinement to the principles of the regulations already agreed concerning moveable rear wings
  11. A better definition of the reference plane, and reinforcement of bodywork deflection tests, especially at the front of the reference plane
  12. The allowance for anti-intrusion panels to protect drivers’ legs

And the F1 circus continues…

[Source: GP Update]

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