FIA confirms standing restarts from 2015

By on Thursday, June 26, 2014
Williams Martini Racing

Williams Martini Racing

The World Motor Sport Council has ratified changes for the 2015 season which will see standing restarts following a safety car period.

Under current regulations, the race leader dictates the pace once race control has confirmed that the safety car will return to the pits, before he commences racing action.

But from next year, safety car restarts will be a standing start from the grid.

'Standing starts will not be carried out if the Safety Car is used within two laps of the start (or restart) of a race or if there are less than five laps of the race remaining', read a statement.

The World Motor Sport Council also confirmed a series of sporting and technical changes.

'The number of engines permitted by each driver in a season will be four. However, if there are more than 20 races in a season, the number will increase to five. The penalty for a complete change of Power Unit will be starting from the back of the grid, not the pit lane.

'The current restrictions to the parc fermé will now apply from the start of P3 instead of the start of qualifying.'

Three four-day pre-season tests will take place in Europe, before this number reduces to two tests for 2016. In-season testing will also be halved, with two of the four days dedicated to young driver testing.

Further cost-cutting measures are also set to take place, with wind tunnel hours reduced from 80 to 65 per week as well as a reduction in CFD usage.

New regulations will also be written in order to provide more aesthetically pleasing structures for the front nose design of cars, while skid blocks will be amended following a successful test to bring back sparks in Austria.

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