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Changes in 2012 Regs Revealed

Discussion in 'Formula 1' started by Scott Webber, Dec 7, 2011.

  1. News is coming out about the F1 2012 Season, some which are suprising.
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    Four-hour time limit among new 2012 rules

    The FIA will impose a maximum time limit of four hours on Grands Prix as of 2012.

    It comes after this year’s Canadian Grand Prix took four hours and four minutes to complete due to heavy rain causing a lengthy suspension. The existing two-hour time limit on races that are not suspended will remain.
    The FIA has also confirmed new rules on driving standards. When defending a position, drivers will not be allowed to move back onto the racing line after moving off-line.

    This was a cause for debate following the exchange between Michael Schumacher and Lewis Hamilton during the Italian Grand Prix this year.

    Drivers have also been told they can no longer leave the track without a justifiable reason. Some drivers have been cutting chicanes during practice and qualifying sessions to save time and/or fuel – such as Sebastian Vettel did in Korea and Schumacher in Abu Dhabi.

    Drivers will be allowed to use all sets of tyres that are allocated to them on the first day of practice if they choose.

    During a race suspension, cars which are in the pits when a race is suspended will be allowed to re-join the cars on the grid in the position they were in.

    Teams will also be required to have their cars pass all FIA crash tests before they participate in pre-season testing.

    The FIA also announced the following changes to the technical rules:
    “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.

    Lapped cars allowed to pass safety car in 2011
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    The FIA has brought back the rule allowing lapped cars to pass the safety car.

    The rules was last used in F1 in 2009. It proved problematic because of the large amount of time lapped cars needed to pass the safety car and re-join the train, as most F1 tracks are over five kilometres long.

    As a result the rule was enforced inconsistently as the race director occasionally chose not to allow unlapped cars to pass the safety car, in order to prevent the safety car being kept out for too long.

    At Suzuka in 2009, the restart was given with four laps to go while leader Sebastian Vettel had the lapped Romain Grosjean behind him.

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  2. James Chant

    James Chant
    Premium Member

    Nothing unexpected there really.


    updated title from 2010 to 2012 :-p
     
  3. "The FIA has also confirmed new rules on driving standards. When defending a position, drivers will not be allowed to move back onto the racing line after moving off-line."

    lol...
     
  4. "It proved problematic because of the large amount of time lapped cars needed to pass the safety car and re-join the train, as most F1 tracks are over five kilometres long."

    So what? You could have let them PASS THE SC earlier, you bunch of clowns!
     
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