Did you watch the video we posted yesterday
and figure you've finally got a handle on the changes taking place in Formula One
for next season? Well hold on, because there's more.
The Formula One Commission and F1 Strategy Group concluded their meetings in Paris yesterday and instituted a series of new regulations. The most controversial among them revolves around the final grand prix of the season, for which the series will now award double points. The idea is to incentivize drivers and teams to continue pushing until the end of the season rather than calculate their position in the year-end standings and call it a season.
The move is not unprecedented among top-tier racing series. The FIA World Endurance Championship
, for example, awards double points for the 24 Hours of Le Mans
. But rather than award extra points for the highest-profile races – say, at the Monaco Grand Prix
, for example – F1 has opted to pile them on the last race of the season, which typically takes place in either Brazil
or Abu Dhabi
While the double-points decision will undoubtedly prove the most controversial, it's not the only change that F1 has instituted. For another, the system of assigning race numbers according to how a driver or team finished in the previous year's standings is being eliminated, replaced by numbers which the drivers will choose for the duration of their career. The reigning World Champion, however, will still have the option of racing under number 1, leaving the rest to choose from between 2 and 99.
There will also be a new, as-yet undetermined cost cap to be applied starting in 2015, a group tire test to be held a week from now in Abu Dhabi and a clause in the regulations for a new type of five-second penalty. The new measures will not need to be ratified by the FIA
World Motor Sport Council, which has mandated its newly re-elected president Jean Todt has the power to approve these changes on his own. Read the full announcement from the FIA below