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Posted on Friday, September 27, 2013

WMSC confirms 2014 Formula 1 calendar

The World Motor Sport Council has unveiled the calendar for the 2014 Formula 1 season. The 22 race season will begin in Australia in March and end in Brazil in November. The Grand Prix of America is scheduled to take place on June 1st, the second race of three set to take place on consecutive weekends. The Mexican Grand Prix is set to take place on November 16th, the penultimate round of the season. The Korean Grand Prix, set to be the fifth race of […]

Posted on Tuesday, September 17, 2013

New Jersey promoter still expecting 2014 race

The promoter of the American Grand Prix, Leo Hindery Jr, says he still expects a race around the streets of New Jersey to take place in 2014. The event, which was originally set to join the sport this season, was not included on the provisional 21 race 2014 calendar that was distributed to teams at the Italian Grand Prix. But Hindery says that their omission was to a sanctioning fee not being paid to the relevant US authorities, something which will be done, as scheduled, […]

Posted on Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Austria returns to F1 calendar in 2014

The Austrian Grand Prix will return to Formula 1 in 2014 after an 11 year absence, it has been announced. The event will be held at the Red Bull Ring, with a provisional date of July 6th. "Dietrich Mateschitz [owner of Red Bull] and Bernie Ecclestone have reached agreement to the effect that Formula 1 will come back to Styria next year," read a report in the Austrian press. Red Bull bought the circuit and renovated it after it fell into disrepair following the final […]

Posted on Saturday, June 29, 2013

F1 needs rule to stop disastrous wet Fridays says Ecclestone

Bernie Ecclestone has slammed the regulations after packed grandstands at Silverstone on Friday watched little more than falling rain during practice. Because the teams were saving rain tyres, safeguarding precious new bodywork pieces and expecting better weather for the rest of the British grand prix weekend, the drivers stayed in their garages for the bulk of the opening 90-minute session. At the same time, a two hour's drive away, the FIA's World Motor Sport Council was meeting at Goodwood, where a new rule allocating drivers […]

Posted on Friday, June 28, 2013

WMSC confirm 2014 changes

The World Motor Sport Council met on Friday. Here are the changes for 2014... Further to a request from Mercedes, it will be permitted to supply engines to a maximum of four Formula One teams in 2014. A penalty point system for drivers will be introduced. If a driver accumulates more than 12 points he will be banned from the next race. Points will stay on the driver’s licence for 12 months. The amount of points a driver may be given for infringements will vary […]

Posted on Thursday, June 20, 2013

FIA sets out case against Mercedes

The FIA insists that Mercedes did not have permission to run a 2013 car during their test following the Spanish Grand Prix. "Whether or not [Charlie] Whiting consented, it is irrelevant, because testing in relation to Article 22 is a breach, unless it [a rule change] is granted by the World Motor Sport Council," said the FIA's lawyer, Mark Howard QC, according to Autosport. "Whiting was asked a general and non-specific question - the general question on the permissibility of using a 2013 car." "His preliminary […]

Posted on Thursday, May 9, 2013

Teams vote to introduce 'demerit points' penalty system

F1 team bosses have voted to introduce a penalty points system for 2014 that could see drivers banned for repeat offenses. Germany's Auto Motor und Sport, and Speed Week, said that during a meeting with Charlie Whiting on Wednesday, the scheme - with drivers allowed to accrue only 12 'demerit points' against their super licenses before a race ban is imposed - survived a vote by 7 to 4. The proposal will now be taken to the FIA's World Motor Sport Council for approval next […]

Posted on Wednesday, December 19, 2012

FIA feared F1 to be too slow in 2014

F1's governing body backtracked on aerodynamic changes for the 2014 season because of fears the next generation of cars would be too slow. After the recent World Motor Sport Council meeting in Turkey, the FIA announced that scheduled bodywork rule changes for 2014 to reduce downforce have been replaced by "2012 specification". "There was concern that Formula 1 cars would become too slow," read a report by the authoritative German magazine Auto Motor und Sport. One problem is that the all-new turbo V6 and energy […]

Posted on Tuesday, September 25, 2012

New fears over New Jersey race

Bernie Ecclestone has once again cast doubts over the planned American Grand Prix in 2013, set to be held around the streets of New Jersey. During the Singapore Grand Prix, a draft calendar had the race penned for June 16th, replacing the European Grand Prix. The event has been publicised in the USA, with David Coulthard and Sebastian Vettel sampling the circuit in F1 machinery. But Ecclestone has been quoted by The Guardian as saying , "[The New Jersey organisers] have not complied with the terms and conditions […]

Posted on Monday, July 2, 2012

FIA extends 2013 cost rules deadline to July

The FIA has reportedly extended a deadline for radical cost-cutting in Formula One. On the eve of Saturday's June 30 deadline, we reported that the prospect of cost-cutting was hanging in the balance as F1 teams dithered over the shape of the proposals. Germany's Auto Motor und Sport had reported the high risk that June 30 would come and go without significant reforms being put to the World Motor Sport Council. Indeed, that was the case, raising the prospect that - post June 30 - […]

Posted on Friday, April 13, 2012

Bahrain on, FIA confirms

Official Press Release from the FIA, 13/04/2012 The FIA is the governing body of motor sport and therefore of Formula One. As such, it sets the season’s calendars following the proposal of the Commercial Rights Holder (CRH) in accordance with the local national authorities in all matters relating to safety. Within that context, the FIA ensures that any event forming part of an FIA World Championship is organised in compliance with the FIA Statutes and the relevant Sporting and Technical Regulations and that the safety […]

Posted on Sunday, March 11, 2012

Charlie Whiting’s Q&A on new rules for the 2012 F1 season

Q: Why has a four-hour total time limit been put on Grands Prix? CW: Last season the race in Montreal went on for four hours and four minutes. A race really should not go on longer than that. Should four hours elapse during a future race, drivers will receive a signal telling them they have one more lap before the chequered flag. Q: Race stewards will now be able to investigate an incident without first reporting it to the race director. Why is the system […]