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2010 F1 regulations finalised

Discussion in 'Formula 1' started by Wido Rossen, May 2, 2009.

  1. Wido Rossen

    Wido Rossen

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    Yesterday the FIA published the finalised 2010 F1 regulations, confirming a raft of new rules for the sport, along with the controversial £40m voluntary budget cap. Here is a summary of all the rule changes to take effect from next year.

    2010 rule changes
    - Minimum car weight incrased to 620 kg (previously 605 kg)
    - Mid-race refuelling banned
    - Qualifying to be contested on low fuel (Q3 previously contested on race fuel)
    - Tyre warmers banned
    - Maximum number of teams allowed to compete in the championship raised to 13 (from 12)
    - Stewards can now drop a driver any number of grid positions at a driver's next race if he is involved in a racing incident (previously drivers were dropped 10 grid places)
    - KERS no longer allowed to operate when a car is travelling above 300 km/h
    - KERS energy storage (battery or flywheel) must be located behind the driver and in front of the engine
    - Rear brake pressure may be reduced by use of a valve during KERS use
    - Tyres must now be inflated with only air or nitrogen (CO2 also previously allowed)
    - Teams can avail of a voluntary £40m budget cap, offering them greater 'technical freedom'

    'Technical freedom' offered to budget-capped teams
    - No limit on testing mileage or dates (non-capped teams limited to 15,000 km between 1 January and week of first race)
    - No restrictions on wind tunnel scale or speed (non-capped teams restricted to 60% scale and 50m/s rolling road speed)
    - No restriction on use of engines during a season (non-capped teams limited to eight engines per season)
    - No restriction on use of gearboxes during a season (non-capped teams forced to run with four-race gearboxes)
    - Moveable front wing allowed to move 10° any number of times per lap (non-capped teams allowed 6° movement twice per lap)
    - Moveable rear wing permitted, controlled by driver (not available for non-capped teams)
    - No restriction on engine revs (non-capped teams limited to 18,000 rpm)
    - KERS to be twice as powerful, producing just over 160 hp of boost for 6.67s per lap (non-capped teams limited to 80 hp for 6.67s per lap)
    - Four-wheel drive permitted (non-capped teams limited to two driven wheels)
    - KERS permitted to drive all four wheels (non-capped teams limited to KERS powering the rear wheels)
     
  2. Kevin Ascher

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    Nice find Wido ;)
     
  3. Emerald Emblem

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    Well this is good news for Brawn with their sponsorship from Virgin.
     
  4. mightiestmike

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    Did I read this right...Four Wheel Drive permitted!!!!!

    I'm not shure what to think of that.
     
  5. Doug

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    Source?

    I thought KERS was out for 2010?
     
  6. Mark Birney

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    KERS will drive 4 wheels, not the engine. So for the most part it's 2WD.

    I like the new rules :)
     
  7. Lewis Fergusson

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    What the ****?
     
  8. Brian Duddy

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    Uhh... check the date, everyone. The "technical freedom" rules were, I believe, largely eliminated in all of the discussions since then. Of course, the FIA still has not posted updated rules, so no one is really sure...
     
  9. Resi Respati

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    Hate these 2 the most
     
  10. Brian Duddy

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    I agree... apparently racing fans these days are so impatient/dense they can't stand any actual strategy (they'll see what happens when there's no passing at all!). As for the tire warming thing, well, isn't that a safety issue? Guess that doesn't matter anymore...
     
  11. Mark Birney

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    Who cares if tyre wamers are banned? They would add or take anything away from racing anyway. Just makes things harder for the teams.
     
  12. Péter Bártfai

    Péter Bártfai

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    That's one of the most dangerous rule changes, some drivers already told their opinions about it during the winter tests. Without tire warmers, cars coming out of the pits will be ridiculously slow, and that'll be dangerous, I wonder why they banned tire warmers... is it about money?
     
  13. Matthew Gutteridge

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    These are the confirmed changes (budget cap is in discussion)
    Souce: Wikipedia


    • Refuelling is to be banned for the first time since [ame="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1993_Formula_One_season"]1993[/ame]. As a consequence, the cars will be allowed to refuel after the third part of qualifying. Despite the resolution over the budget cap meaning that the 2010 regulations would default back to the 2009 rules, FOTA have expressed interest in a refulling ban as it represents a way to cut costs.
    • Tyre warmers are to be banned.
    • The maximum number of cars allowed to take part in a race shall be increased from 24 to 26 cars.
    • [ame="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Formula_One_Management"]Formula One Management[/ame] will offer financial support to all new teams from next season, in the form of $10m along with the free transportation of two chassis and 10,000 kg of freight to each race.
    • The minimum car weight will be increased from 605 kg to 620 kg, to stop taller and heavier drivers being at a disadvantage if KERS is added to their car.
    • FOTA has agreed to scrap KERS for 2010 due to poor uptake and pressure from FIA to cut costs.
    • During negotiations of a new Concorde Agreement at the [ame="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2009_Hungarian_Grand_Prix"]2009 Hungarian Grand Prix[/ame], several details emerged of cost-cutting proposals by the teams including:

    • [ame="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Homologation"]Homologation[/ame] of front and rear wings.
    • A limit on the number of aerodynamic upgrades permitted over the course of a season.
    • A continuation of the ban on in-season testing introduced for 2009.
    • Restrictions on the number of team personnel who can attend a Grand Prix weekend.
    • Complete closures of team factories over the mid-season summer break.
     
  14. Xosé Estrada

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    What the "Homologation of front and rear wings" is about?, standard ones?

    I know a lot of people won't like but I prefer to reduce aero to minimum as this are cars not planes.
     
  15. Matthew Trivett

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    FOUR WHEEL DRIVE? OMG
     
  16. Matthew Gutteridge

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    Homowhatsit means they must be FIA approved (like Kimi's ice-creams :D)
     
  17. Resi Respati

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    No tyre warmers = cold tyres = deadly :(
     
  18. Omer Said

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    Tyre warmers banning rule is canceled. There won't be anyrule like that :)
     
  19. Matthew Trivett

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    No mid race refueling means that there is more fuel in the cars, which is far more dangerous to the drivers........................ Dumb.
     
  20. Kevin Watts

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    All the fires I can think of in recent years have been because of or during refuelling, of all the high impact smashes we've had in F1 in the last few years I don't recall any turning into fireball's. Most of the 'overtaking' these days sadly is in the pits so maybe drivers might actually be tempted to try it on the track rather than sit back and wait for their pit stop strategy to fall into place.