New F1 Rules
A meeting of the Formula 1 commission has voted to re-introduce tyre changes into the racing series. The Daily Telegraph described F1’s decision to reintroduce tyre changes as “far from unanimous”. In addition the series will adopt a new qualifying system for next season as well as a radical alterations to vehicle aerodynamics and appearance.
Perhaps the most drastic alteration to Formula 1 as we know it will be the introduction of a new two-part rear half of which will be situated behind each of the rear tyres. This is designed to make overtaking easier, by removing the problem of ‘dirty air,’ which currently disadvantages cars attempting to overtake. The new wing concept was originally put forward for introduction as part of a 2008 rules package, but the commission agreed to introduce it a year early.
Next season, qualifying will be split into three sessions, with the slowest five cars being eliminated after each of the first two 15-minute runs. This would leave 10 cars to fight it out for pole position in the final 20-minute session.
“This new research is important for the future of Formula One. By introducing the wing we can give motor sport fans exactly what they have asked for, wheel-to-wheel racing with much more overtaking,” FIA president Max Mosely told journalists.