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Standing re-starts, new nose designs & testing changes among 2015 F1 rule changes

Standing re-starts, new nose designs & testing changes among 2015 F1 rule changes

Standing re-starts, reductions in wind tunnel usage and in-season testing, and an extension of parc ferme conditions are among changes to have been approved by the FIA’s World Motor Sport Council for the 2015 season with a view to saving costs and enlivening the Formula 1 spectacle.

Following a host of suggestions made by the F1 Strategy Group which were approved by the wider F1 Commission ahead of last week’s Austrian GP, the WMSC met on Thursday in Munich to rubber-stamp changes for next season and beyond.

Despite a largely negative response from drivers and fans to the proposal, standing re-starts will be introduced following the introduction of the Safety Car during races – although not in all scenarios. In-season testing will be cut from four to two sessions, while the three pre-season tests revert exclusively to European venues after back-to-back sessions in Bahrain this year

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  1. Nondi PloomJune 27, 2014
    Why not cut all wind tunnel testing? Why not cut all testing? Why listen to the fans? . . . Oh, they already don’t listen to the fans, do they?
    • GrootJune 30, 2014
      For improved spectacle and increased unpredictability, I suggest FIA make the drivers run to their cars at the start… from the nearest bus stop and with their shoelaces tied together. Anything that raises the CO2 levels in the air should be banned: Wind tunnels, testing, illumination of the pit garages, power tools. It is noticed that electric shavers have been banned long time ago while footballer style tattoos, punk haircuts, rapper diamond earrings and dogs in the pit lane have been promoted. Drivers caught training in the gym between races should be given 10-place penalties for exhaling additional CO2 unnecessarily. Drivers not slowing promptly when seeing a sparrow flying over the race circuit should be given a drive-through penalty and the safety car should be brought out every time a marshal spits on the tarmac or a small bird releases droppings on the track. This way we shall have extremely exciting, unpredictable, safe and very eco-friendly races. A 600 kg race car driven for 300 km has a catastrophic effect on the world’s finance and environment’s integrity. But transporting hundreds of tons of people, cars and equipment by air halfway around the world to race tracks with reduced fan base and no racing tradition do not escalate the costs in any way and produce absolutely no CO2. These should be encouraged to the detriment of the classic events because they make Bernie even richer. The same applies to the many Megawatt-hours consumed by thousands of globes which light-up tracks for night races.

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