• Dec 9, 2007

The World Motor Sport Council of the FIA, the international racing authority that governs Formula One, among other series, has rolled out a series of restrictions on the development of F1 cars starting with the coming 2008 season.

The restrictions include a complete freeze on engine development for the next ten years. In a speech delivered last week in Monaco at the Motor Sport Business Forum, FIA President Max Mosley (pictured at right) justified the decision by pointing out that the engines developed by F1's six engine suppliers – Ferrari, Mercedes, BMW, Honda, Toyota and Renault – are already evenly matched and incredibly advanced: "There is no need to develop an F1 engine any further." (Heck, let's go back to foot-powered Flinstones-mobiles then.)

The far-reaching restrictions also covered the use of wind-tunnels for the first time in the formula. The new regulations state that each team can only use one wind-tunnel, can only operate it for 15 runs per 8-hour day, no more than five days per week. Further limitations were set on how the wind-tunnel may be used, and to prevent teams from simply switching their personnel over to even more expensive Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) simulators, the FIA intends to put a cap on that, too.

Ross Brawn, former technical director at Ferrari and new team principal at Honda, recently pointed out that restrictions like these don't achieve their intended goal of reducing costs, they just force teams to find newer, more expensive ways to gain a performance edge. We'd have to agree with Brawn: you can't contain a competitive spirit, and F1's chock-full of 'em.

[Source: Autosport]



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      • 7 Years Ago
      now that F1 is going to suck I guess the only entertaining racing I'll be watching is WRC, good job Max Mosley you are single handedly killing the best racing series on this planet..one step at a time.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I agree with most of the comments here and this may mean my days of watching and following F1 are over. The manufactures really need to cancel the Bernie and Max show.
      • 7 Years Ago
      what the f*** is wrong with FIA?? no development on the engines for a decade... what crap?? formula1 was supposed to be the showcase of automotive technology and development. Mosley & Co. are killing F1. now its high time for the teams to start their own breakaway series.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I guess everyone will want a Ferrari engine next year.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Welcome to NASCAR ladies and gentlemen
      • 7 Years Ago
      The FIA seems dead set on dismantling F1 piece by piece. Why? I just don't understand why they feel the need to mess with rules so much. If you take out all the development, then there's no purpose for F1- which is already a somewhat dubious prospect from a business standpoint- since the technology is really the biggest reason. Does it take a while for F1 tech to trickle down to the street? Of course. But it does get the ball rolling. I didn't see why they decided to freeze development in the first place, but for a frickin DECADE!?!?!! They're insane.

      Basically, now's the time for the manufacturers to make their own breakaway series that is self governed, and not under the FIA. What a political nightmare that is, and it's gotten much worse recently.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I whole-heartedly agree that a break-away series is in order. But I bet the manufacturers and teams who participate in F1 have probably signed something that prohibits them from doing so. But if an alternative race league was developed there must be some sort of regulation by people not affiliated with the teams participating to keep things fair.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I fully agree. F1 used to be a series where technical development eventually found its way into everyday cars. What I see now could be called the nascarization of F1. Screw that! I hope the manufacturers will tell Mosely and Eckelstone, Inc. to go to hell and finally set up their own F1 series.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Agreed. The simplest thing (relatively speaking) would to be to get together with each other (the car companies) and discuss the possibility of starting a new series.
      • 7 Years Ago
      This is what happens when a businessman is in charge of a job. He finds ways to cut costs, but doesn't think far enough about the consequences. Cutting wind tunnel use. Tell me, how much cost does that save? I'll tell you, the only way to save money in F1 is by telling idiots like Max Mosley to give up 90% of his own paycheck, and dump it into the fund. There you go, problem solved. Idiots who make more money than they deserve should throw out 90% of their paycheck for the F1 cause.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Each year F1 is getting less and less interesting to watch. Boring stuff, really.
      • 7 Years Ago
      They are waiting for nascar to catch up...
      • 7 Years Ago
      I was an F1 fan when I was a boy thirty plus years ago but have stopped watching any races in recent years. So have most of my friends, all of whom were equally interested in motorsports. Thanks, Max Moseley, for letting us know that we are absolutely in the right in not wasting time on the miserable end product of your empire. At the very least, I hope that severely declining revenues would lead to your being fired from your position at FIA's head, hopefully without any pension whatsoever.

      Now, will the manufacturers who have been talking about starting their own racing series get off their backsides and actually start working to make the FIA completely irrelevant asap? They would do themselves and those who enjoy the sport a tremendous service if they worked really hard from this point on.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Time for Mosley too goooo! This guy has done more damage to this sport single handed than any one else in long time. This guy should do everyone a favor and RETIRE!
      • 7 Years Ago
      This is insane. How can they possibly control development? Time for a new series...

      Incidentally CFD is not more expensive than wind tunnel work; it is a hell of a lot cheaper. I guarantee you for every thing that gets put in a tunnel there have been ten tried on a computer and discarded. CFD takes one knowledgeable person and one fast computer; a tunnel takes up a warehouse, costs millions to build, needs five or six knowledgeable people and an army of technicians to run. Not to mention the time and cost to make the models.
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