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Posted on Saturday, July 1, 2017

FIA agrees on the direction of F1 from 2021

The FIA confirms commencing discussions on the direction of Formula One World Championship from 2021 after holding a meeting on Friday regarding the future of the power units. Less costly but powerful power units, better engine sound and harder racing are among the conclusions.  Read statement in full: Held at the Federation’s Paris headquarters and chaired by FIA President Jean Todt, the meeting was attended by a variety of Formula One’s key stakeholders, including representatives of the FIA, the new Commercial Rights Holder, current Power Unit […]

Posted on Saturday, May 14, 2016

FIA explains 2017-20 engine regulations

The FIA's Head of Powertrain, Fabrice Lom, has explained the intricacies of Formula 1's revised engine regulations, which will be introduced at the start of the 2017 campaign. The FIA last month rubber-stamped changes in four key areas: cost of supply, performance convergence, sound and obligation to supply. During a press conference at the Spanish Grand Prix, Lom explained the details of the regulations and how the system intends to be operated. "For the reduction in price for the teams, we first worked to reduce […]

Posted on Friday, April 29, 2016

FIA confirms new engine regulations agreed

The FIA has confirmed that new engine regulations, which will be introduced from the start of 2017, have been agreed and ratified by the World Motor Sport Council. The announcement comes after months of negotiations between the four engine manufacturers, along with other senior Formula 1 figures, with the aim of addressing costs, performance convergence, supply and sound. An agreement has now been "approved by all levels of the F1 governance structure" which will see the overhauled regulations introduced at the start of 2017. Changes […]

Posted on Monday, April 11, 2016

FIA approves qualifying change for China

Formula 1's governing body, the FIA, has officially confirmed that the sport will revert to last year's qualifying format, meaning that the live elimination sessions have been dropped. Under revised 2016 regulations, drivers were knocked out of Q1, Q2 and Q3 at 90 second intervals, but the format proved unpopular and was heavily criticised. It was announced last week that the sport would revert to the format used between 2006 and 2015, in which six drivers are eliminated at the end of Q1 and Q2, […]

Posted on Thursday, April 7, 2016

Formula 1 set to drop elimination qualifying

The FIA and FOM [Formula One Management] have accepted a request by Formula 1 teams to drop the live elimination qualifying session from the Chinese Grand Prix next weekend. A new system, in which drivers were eliminated at 90 second intervals in Q1, Q2 and Q3, made its debut in Australia and was universally criticised, but the sport could not agree on a solution and it was used once more in Bahrain. After more criticism, teams met with FIA President Jean Todt and Formula 1 […]

Posted on Monday, October 26, 2015

FIA to push for standard engine for 2017

The FIA has confirmed that it is investigating whether to introduce a 'client engine' for 2017, which would be cheaper than the power units currently used in Formula 1. The sport has been attempting to push through cost-cutting measures and while the Strategy Group reached an agreement, Ferrari used its historic veto to block such proposals. The FIA has reacted to Ferrari's stance by confirming plans to introduce a standard engine in 2017, which would be cheaper than the current power units. "The FIA, in […]

Posted on Thursday, October 15, 2015

FIA rules out year-old power units

Formula 1's governing body, the FIA, has ruled out the possibility of customer squads using year-old power units from 2016. Manor Marussia, which has signed a current-year deal with Mercedes for 2016, currently uses 2014 power units from Ferrari, having secured a last-minute return to the grid at the start of the year. Both Red Bull and Toro Rosso are in search of power units for next year, with the Italian outfit having edged closer to a year-old deal with Ferrari. However, the FIA updated […]

Posted on Thursday, October 1, 2015

FIA bids to increase noise for 2016

The FIA will attempt to increase the sound emitted by next year's Formula 1 cars after a tweak in the regulations, ratified by the World Motor Sport Council. Since the V6 power units were introduced at the start of 2014, there have been complaints that the cars are not as loud as their predecessors, an issue which the FIA is attempting to amend. "For 2016, all cars must have a separate exhaust wastegate tailpipe through which all and only wastegate exhaust gases must pass" read […]