• Dec 13, 2010
Felipe Massa and Fernando Alonso on the podium at the 2010 German Grand Prix

After years of speculation, Formula One has shaken things up by announcing that the current high-revving V8s will be replaced by 2013 with turbocharged four-cylinder engines. Along with it, the FIA imposed new limits on the number of engines that can be used over the course of a season, but that's not the end of the modifications to the sporting code approved by the international motorsport sanctioning body.

One controversial decision made by the FIA's World Motor Sport Council is to allow team orders starting with the new season. The controversy reared its ugly head again at this past season's German Grand Prix, where Ferrari allegedly instructed Felipe Massa to let his team-mate Fernando Alonso pass in order to help him win the race. Fans and rival teams alike cried bloody murder, prompting the FIA to fine Ferrari $100,000 in penalties, while vowing to re-examine the issue. Having done so, the organization has eliminated the section of the regulations banning teams from undertaking such moves, though approving measures that would allow for the penalization of teams seen to be taking advantage of the newly-created loophole.

Other changes include new flexible rear wings that promise to help overtaking (and thus improve the spectacle) but will require teams to perfect their new designs for the upcoming season in order to remain competitive. More stringent regulations will in turn be placed on the flexibility of the front wings (which must remain rigid), while gearboxes will now be required to last five races instead of four as in seasons past.

[Source: Autosport (1) (2) | Image: Mark Thompson/Getty]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Fernando is just a fast guy...
      • 4 Years Ago
      just another disadvantage that will hamper mark webber and his problems with red bull management
      • 4 Years Ago
      F1 has become a joke! We all know that the teams have orders. Ferrari being the top team shouldn't have to do this. They always have had the best drivers in F1. It shouldn't matter to ferrari what driver comes in first. Just as long as the team wins. Rubens got screwed out many wins becuase of team orders. The same thing is happening to Felipe.
      • 4 Years Ago
      they arent using flexible rear wings. they are using adjustable. big difference
      • 4 Years Ago
      "the organization has eliminated the section of the regulations banning teams from undertaking such moves, though approving measures that would allow for the penalization of teams seen to be taking advantage of the newly-created loophole."

      WTF does this mean? So you can do it, but if you do it too many times you'll be penalized? Christ, prohibit it or don't, but make it ambiguous. Who decides when its being abused? Is it the number of times it happens or is it determined by how great a lead one had over the other, or how significant the points gain would be? Stupid FIA.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @hashiryu

        Yeah, I guess the 3rd monkey is the see no evil FIA.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Couldn't find better pic imo. LOL.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Agreed Alex,

        The last thing F1 needs is more vague rules for the stewards to play with.

        Granted it has always been a gray area, now it's just official.
      • 4 Years Ago
      They just don't want to have to fine Ferrari again next year.