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F1 Rule Makers Announce Decisions of Geneva Meeting

The rule makers of Formula 1 have announced the decisions of the meetings that took place in Geneva on Tuesday, February 23. A new qualifying knockout forma has been unanimously voted it. New cockpit safety measures have been announced for 2017. The revision of the regulations for 2016 have been postponed until April. The new F1 rules for the 2016 season are outlined below.

The FIA press release explains the following: “Upon the recommendation of the Strategy Group, the F1 Commission passed a series of new measures designed to deliver a faster, more spectacular FIA Formula One World Championship.”

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Qualifying System

The new qualifying system has been accepted for introduction. The new system might be put into place as early as the 2016 season. The new qualification system works as follows:
– Q1
• 16 minutes
• After 7 minutes, slowest driver eliminated
• Slowest driver eliminated every 1 minute 30 seconds thereafter until the chequered flag
• 7 drivers eliminated, 15 progress to Q2
– Q2
• 15 minutes
• After 6 minutes, slowest driver eliminated
• Slowest driver eliminated every 1 minute 30 seconds thereafter until the chequered flag
• 7 drivers eliminated, 8 progress to Q3
– Q3
• 14 minutes
• After 5 minutes, slowest driver eliminated
• Slowest driver eliminated every 1 minute 30 seconds thereafter until the chequered flag
• 2 drivers left in final 1 minute 30 seconds
The final elimination in each session occurs at the chequered flag – not when time is up

Driver of the Day

The F1 Commission agreed to the introduction of a Driver of the Day award, to be implemented by the Commercial Rights Holder in conjunction with Formula One broadcasters, with the intention of driving greater fan engagement. Viewers will be encouraged to vote online for their “Driver of the Day” throughout a Grand Prix, with the winner to be announced as part of the race broadcast immediately following the conclusion of the race, when the driver will be presented with the prize.

2017 Sporting and Technical Regulations

Following the recommendation of the Strategy Group, the F1 Commission agreed to postpone the deadline for the finalization of 2017 Sporting and Technical Regulations until 30 April, 2016 – to allow all stakeholders the best opportunity to complete all relevant work.

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2017 bodywork

New bodywork regulations have been adopted to increase the excitement in racing with faster cars, delivering additional downforce to increase speeds and to reduce lap times. Discussions on the best solution for testing of the new tires required as part of the regulations will be discussed between the FIA and the tire manufacturers.

Power unit supply

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Significant further progress was made on the four major topics regarding Power Unit supply:
– Supply cost
– Obligation to supply
– Performance convergence
– Further improvement of noise
A working group consisting representatives of the FIA, Commercial Rights Holder, Power Unit suppliers and customer teams will undertake further work with the aim of reaching agreement on a plan to meet the above requirements by 30 April, 2016.

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Cockpit protection

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The F1 Commission confirmed the intention of introducing some form of cockpit protection from the 2017 season. All stakeholders are working together to make this a reality, with the “Halo” concept currently the preferred option. Other options, such as transparent cockpit protection, will continue to be evaluated.”

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