As per decisions taken, the series will now award double points so as to add impetus to driver and teams towards end of the season as against earlier regulation which calculated their position on year end standings. This rule proved to be controversial but has been passed nonetheless.
Besides the regulation on double points, the system of assigning race numbers according to a driver or team performance in the previous year’s standing has been done away with and has been replaced by numbers which the drivers can select and retain for the entire duration of their racing profession. However, reigning World Champion will be allowed to retain No. 1 while numbers from 2 to 99 can be selected by teams and racers as per their preferences.
A new global cost cap has also been approved and will be in force from January 2015, while double driver and constructors points along with choice of numbers will be immediately applicable. For more information, scroll through the press release below.
Formula One Regulation Changes
FIA Formula One World Championship
Paris – 9 December 2013
Following a meeting of the F1 Strategy Group and the Formula One Commission in Paris today, the following items have been unanimously approved:
• Cost cap
The principle of a global cost cap has been adopted. The limit will be applied from January 2015.
A working group will be established within the coming days comprising the FIA, representatives of the Commercial Rights Holder and Team representatives.
The objective of the working group will be to have regulations approved by the end of June 2014.
• Pirelli Tyre test – Bahrain, 17-19 December, 2013
The F1 Commission agreed to a change to the 2013 Sporting Regulations, on safety grounds, allowing the Formula One tyre supplier to carry out a three-day test in Bahrain from 17-19 December, 2013. All Formula One teams have been invited to take part in the test and six have accepted: Red Bull Racing, Mercedes, Ferrari, McLaren, Force India and Toro Rosso.
• Driver numbers
Drivers will be asked to choose their race number, between 2 and 99, for the duration of their career in the FIA Formula One World Championship. Number 1 will be reserved for the current World Champion, should he choose to use it.
If more than one driver choses the same number, priority will be given to the driver who finished highest in the previous year’s championship.
• New penalties
The principle of a five-second penalty for minor infringements was agreed. In what form such a penalty will be applied will be discussed with Formula One’s teams in order that a new regulation be introduced for 2014 season.
• Points for the last race
Double drivers’ and constructors’ points will be awarded at the final race of the Formula One season in order to maximise focus on the Championship until the end of the campaign.
These changes are immediately applicable, given the mandate assigned to the FIA President at the last World Motor Sport Council meeting, held on 4 December in Paris.