A record 21 races remain on the calendar, with the brand-new event in Baku, Azerbaijan taking place the week after Canada - one of six back-to-back Grand Prix weekends.
Also announced at Wednesday’s World Motor Sport Council (WMSC) meeting in Paris were new rules to increase the noise of cars. From 2016, all cars must have a separate exhaust wastegate tailpipe through which all and only wastegate exhaust gases must pass. This move will not have any significant effect on power or emissions.
Several other changes were announced to the F1 regulations. They were:
Cars must now comply with all cockpit and safety equipment requirements during testing; such as the position of the driver’s head, all headrest padding, cockpit padding and ease of driver egress.
Sporting Regulations regarding track limits have been clarified and specify that drivers “must make every reasonable effort to use the track at all times and may not deliberately leave the track without a justifiable reason”. Penalties will still be allocated based on whether a driver is judged to have gained an advantage.
The WMSC approved the proposal of the F1 Commission regarding regulations for power unit and gearbox changes. Such penalties prior to qualifying will be applied based on the time of use. For changes made after qualifying, preference will be given to the driver whose team first informed the technical delegate that a change will occur.
Any driver who causes a start to be aborted, even if he is then able to start the extra formation lap, will be required to start the race from the pit lane. The same process will be applied to a re-start from a race suspension where drivers have been brought to the pit lane.
The WMSC confirmed a number of clarifications were made to aerodynamic testing restrictions for wind tunnel use and CFD, specifically focusing on reporting and inspection processes for these development tools.
For 2017, on board cameras on stalks on the nose of cars will be prohibited.
The revised provisional calendar in full:
March 20 - Australia
April 3 - Bahrain
April 17 - China
May 1 - Sochi
May 15 - Spain
May 29 - Monaco
June 12 - Canada
June 19 - Baku*
July 3 - Austria
July 10 - Britain
July 24 - Hungary
July 31 - Germany
August 28 - Belgium
September 4 - Italy
September 18 - Singapore
October 2 - Malaysia
October 9 - Japan
October 23 - USA
November 6 - Mexico
November 13 - Brazil
November 27 - Abu Dhabi
TYRE COMPOUNDS FOR THE REST OF THE SEASON
Pirelli has confirmed its tyre compounds for the final four races of 2015.
For the United States and Mexico - the two back-to-back grands prix coming up - the P Zero White medium and P Zero Yellow soft tyres will be used.
For Austin, this is the same nomination as last year, while simulation data has indicated that this will also be the best choice for the brand new Mexico City circuit.
The Brazilian Grand Prix at Interlagos will have the medium and soft tyres as well, as was the case in 2014. This should provide a range of strategy options and between two and three pit stops for most competitors, with conditions which could also be as hot as they were in Sao Paulo last season.
Finally, the P Zero Yellow soft and P Zero Red supersoft have been selected for Abu Dhabi: again, the same selection as 2014, on a smooth and varied circuit that the teams know well from testing.
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