Formula One: FIA introduce double points final round and new race numbers!
The FIA have announced several changes that will take place in the upcoming Formula One World Championship’s in the next two years.
After a meeting in Paris earlier today, these are the 5 changes that have been announced by the FIA:
The first change is the decision to make the final round of next year’s Formula One world championship, the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, a double points scoring round in order to add interest into the championship. This is how the points system will be in comparison to what it is currently:
The reaction to this has been largely unfavorable from the F1 community, with many not seeing how 4th place Abu Dhabi can be only worth 1 point less than a win in a more historic event at Monza, Spa or Monaco.
However the permutations of this new rule could be exciting if the championship goes down to the wire. Several recent championships would have turned out differently if this rule had been implemented. Fernando Alonso would’ve won the 2012 championship instead of Vettel, Felipe Massa would’ve won the 2008 title instead of Lewis Hamilton and Kimi Raikkonen would’ve won the title instead of Schumacher in 2003; despite Kimi having only won one race compared to Schumacher’s 6.
The second new ruling is that drivers will be allowed to pick their racing number, which will remain theirs until they leave the sport. This is a similar method as seen in championships like NASCAR and the British Touring Car Championship. The number one will remain reserved for the championship winner, if he elects to run it.
Drivers will be asked to choose any number between 2 and 99. If two drivers choose the same number, whoever finished highest in the championship will have first preference.
This is the first change to the numbering system for Formula One cars since 1996, when the current system based on the constructors’ championship finishing positions was introduced.
The FIA also announced that there will be a new ‘Global cost cap’ which will be introduced prior to the 2015 championship.
“A working group will be established within the coming days comprising the FIA, representatives of the commercial rights holder and team representatives,” said the FIA in a statement.
“The objective of the working group will be to have regulations approved by the end of June 2014.”
Formula One management has made several attempts at reducing spending in recent years through rules changes and the Resource Restriction Agreement.
A three-day tyre test was also announced to be taking place next week at the Bahrain international circuit so that Pirelli can test their new compounds for next season, which will see a raft of new technical regulations implemented. The teams had been given the option to test the tyres during practice for the season-ending Brazilian Grand Prix. The tyres couldn’t be used however due to rain throughout the session.
All the teams were offered the chance of testing the tyres, with 6 of them having accepted: Red Bull, McLaren, Ferrari, Mercedes, Force India and Toro Rosso.
The final, minor change is that a new penalty has been added to the steward’s arsenal for next season. When a driver commits a minor offence, a 5 second penalty will be able to be added to their finishing time.
By Jordan Groves Formula 1 correspondent for RTR Sports Marketing Follow Jordan on twitter at www.twitter.com/jgroves1996
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