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2012 Season Changes

Discussion in 'Formula 1' started by James Chant, Jan 25, 2012.

  1. James Chant

    James Chant
    Premium Member

    2012 Season Changes

    Compared to the major changes introduced for 2011 - DRS, KERS, Pirelli tyres etc. - those for the 2012 season may seem relatively minor. Some, however, will still have a significant impact…

    No blown diffusers
    The FIA is clamping down on engine mapping and exhaust positioning to minimise designers’ use of exhaust gases in a car’s aerodynamics, effectively outlawing blown diffusers.

    Crash tests
    There will be tougher side impact testing and new cars must now pass all required FIA crash tests prior to any on-track testing.

    Safety car
    During a safety-car period, all lapped cars will be allowed to unlap themselves and then join the back of the pack, ensuring a clean re-start without slower cars impeding those racing for the leading positions.

    Driving etiquette
    Drivers may no longer leave the track without a justifiable reason, i.e. cutting a chicane on reconnaissance laps or in-laps to save time and fuel, and drivers may no longer move back onto the racing line having moved off it to defend a position.

    Race suspensions
    There will now be a maximum race time of four hours to ensure that a lengthy suspension of a race does not result in a race that could run up to eight hours if left unregulated. Cars which were in the pit lane when the race was suspended will now be allowed to re-join the cars on the grid in the position they were in at the time of the race suspension.

    Testing
    In addition to the established pre-season tests, one three-day test will be carried out during the season. Formerly there was none.

    Tyre allocation
    All tyres allocated to a driver may now be used on the first day of practice. Formerly only three sets were permitted on the opening day of the Grand Prix weekend.

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  2. James Chant

    James Chant
    Premium Member

    More In Depth...

    Changes to the 2012 Technical Regulations

    - All engine standard ECU set up and control parameters, which were formerly contained only within a Technical Directive, are now contained within the relevant parts of the Technical Regulations.
    - The exhaust tailpipes are now strictly regulated in order to ensure that the aerodynamic effect exhaust gases have on the car is kept to an absolute minimum.
    - Better marking of in-car emergency switches operated by marshals are now stipulated.
    - The side impact structures will now have to be subjected to a further (upward) push-off test.

    Changes to the 2012 Sporting Regulations

    - Cars may no longer take part in pre-season testing without having passed all crash tests.
    - There will now be a maximum race time of four hours to ensure that a lengthy suspension of a race does not result in a race that could run up to eight hours if left unregulated.
    - Before the safety car returns to the pits all lapped cars will be allowed to unlap themselves and then join the back of the pack, ensuring a clean re-start without slower cars impeding those racing for the leading positions.
    - Cars which were in the pit lane when a race is suspended will now be allowed to re-join the cars on the grid in the position they were in when the race was suspended.
    - Drivers may no longer leave the track without a justifiable reason, i.e. cutting a chicane on reconnaissance laps or ‘in’ laps to save time and fuel.
    - Drivers may no longer move back onto the racing line having moved off it to defend a position.
    - One three-day test will be carried out during the season, formerly there were none.
    - All stewards’ decisions which are not subject to appeal are now in one place instead of being in various places within the regulations.
    - All tyres allocated to a driver may now be used on the first day of practice; formerly only three sets were permitted.

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  3. Xosé Estrada

    Xosé Estrada
    Premium Member

    I'm always for a reduction of aerodynamics, like the boss said (because we loose but it doesn't matter :D), this is car racing not plane racing.

    Regarding the sporting rules, I think the changes on the SC are positive while I'm not sure about the fight for position ones.