Wednesday, December 12, 2012

2013 and 2014 RULES PUBLISHED

The FIA has finalized the changes to the F1 regulations for the 2013 season and updated its planned rules for 2014. There are a few changes to the 2013 rules beyond those revealed after last week’s World Motor Sport Council meeting but the full regulations reveal some new details.

2013 Rules

Among the changes to the technical regulations for next year is a rule governing what happens when cars run out of fuel on the track during any session, such as happened during qualifying to Lewis Hamilton in Spain and Sebastian Vettel in Abu Dhabi.

Teams will no longer be allowed to claim a car was stopped for reasons of “force majeure”, instead the FIA will determine how much fuel should have been in the car when it stopped:
After a practice session, if a car has not been driven back to the pits under its own power, it will be required to supply the above mentioned sample plus the amount of fuel that would have been consumed to drive back to the pits. The additional amount of fuel will be determined by the FIA.
As the tyres Pirelli are supplying next year will be heavier the rules on minimum weight and weight distribution have been revised. The minimum weight has increased by 2kg to 642kg and a more drastic change is coming for 2014. An extra kilo has therefore been added to the minimum weights at each end of the car making these now 292kg at the front, 343kg at the rear. These will be adjusted to take final 2013 tyre weights into account.

A tougher front wing deflection test has been defined as well. The amount a wing may deflect when a 1,000N load is applied to it has been reduced from 20mm to 10mm, the further curb the use of flexing wings.

As of next year teams may add a panel to their car’s nose to remove the steps seen on many cars this year.

Tougher standards for roll structures and crash tests have also been defined, the latter requiring the static load test to be applied to all of the teams’ survival cells.

There are fewer changes in the Sporting Regulations and some are already known including the restriction of using DRS outside the designated zone at any time during a race weekend.

For teams to arrange a test outside Europe they now require the agreement of the FIA and the total number of tests during the season has been reduced to three each of no more than four days long. There will be no repeat of this year’s in-season test which was held at Mugello.

During race weekends the first of the two curfews on teams’ activity has been extended from six hours to eight. The number of curfew breaks each team is allowed is reduced to two and they may not both be used at the same event.

The updated 2013 rules are available here:

2013 F1 Sporting Regulations – Published on 11.12.2012 (PDF)
2013 F1 Technical Regulations – Published on 11.12.2012 (PDF)

2014 Rules

The minimum weight will be further increased from 642kg in 2012 to 685kg to account for the rise in weight from the new power units. The regulations on power units, electrical systems and transmission have been extensively revised as well.

Although parts of the rules on aerodynamic bodywork have been moved closer to the current rules, the planned reduction in front wing width from 1,800mm to to 1,650mm has been retained.

The updated 2014 rules are available here:

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