The World Motor Sport Council met yesterday and have agreed a number of changes for Formula One in 2015.
Amongst the changes, are updates to the Sporting Regulations. For 2015, the number of engines permitted by each driver in a season of 20 or fewer races is four. This increases to five should there be more than 20 races on the calendar. Also on the topic of power units, drivers will have to start from the back of the grid – not the pit-lane – if they change a complete Power Unit.
Wind tunnel runs will be reduced from 80 hours per week to 65 hours per week while wind-on hours are to be reduced from 30 to 25 hours per week. Other rules relating to aerodynamic testing include the reduction of Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) and teams will only be allowed to nominate one wind tunnel per year. In terms of testing there will be three pre-season tests of four days in Europe for 2015, while in 2016 this will be reduced to two tests of fours days. As well as pre-season testing, there will be two in-season tests of two days each in Europe. Two of these four days must be reserved for young drivers.
Parc Fermé will now apply from the start of P3 instead of the start of qualifying. There is an extension of the Friday night curfew from six to seven hours for 2015, increasing to eight hours in 2016. The ban on tyre blankets has also been rescinded for 2015, but will be re-discussed in the future.
As well as changes to the Sporting Regulations, there are changes in the Technical Regulations.
A number of new regulations for the noses are to be introduced to ensure improved safety and also to provide more aesthetically pleasing structures. There are also new regulations to ensure that the brake discs rotate at the same speed as the wheels.
The biggest talking point to come from this meeting of the WMSC is the introduction of new safety car restart procedures. Safety car restarts will now be a standing start from the grid. However, this will not be the case if the safety car is used within two laps of the start (or restart) or if there are less than five laps of the race remaining.