The Formula One season kicks off in exactly a week and it’s shaping up to be an exciting spectacle with some of the most radical rule changes in 25 years, from tyres to how the world champion title is won.
The Sunday Mirror has given a run down on the new developments, which are:
Grooved tyres have been ditched and super sticky “slicks” are back, so track grip is improved 20 per cent.
The rear wing has been raised and reduced and front wing lowered and widened to improve overtaking.
Front wings can be adjusted from the cockpit during the race.
Teams have the option of using any KERS (Kinetic Recovery Systems) system which harvests the energy from braking and provides upto 6.5secs boost – worth 0.3s each lap – to help overtaking. However, there is a safety concern that KERS systems could electrocute drivers or mechanics.
Engines no longer have to last two races but each driver has eight units for 17 GPs.
A 10-place grid penalty for each extra change.
Engine rev limits cut from 19,000 to 18,000 to improve reliability.
Four extra engines are allowed for Friday on practice.
Car weights, and therefore fuel loads, are to be published after qualifying so each driver’s strategy will be known.
No circuit testing during the season. It all has to be done at GPs in Friday’s three-hour practice sessions. Testing limited to 15,000km out of season.
However, plans to award the championship to the driver with most wins, not most points, has been shelved for at least 12 months after disquiet among the teams and drivers.
Alex Kapadia, Operations Executive