FIA Lift Team Order Ban
The Formula 1 governing body, the FIA have outlined regulation changes that will come into force over the next three seasons, after holding their final meeting of 2010 with the World Motor Sport Council (WMSC) in Monaco yesterday. As well as lifting the team order ban, the FIA have also announced amendments to the rules on engines and tyres. The 2011 season will see the intermediate tyres re-appear, with penalties handed to any driver who fails to use both specifications of dry weather tyres during a dry race. As well as the introduction of the driver-adjustable rear wings. Although, the double diffusers will be banned and there will be stricter bodywork deflection tests 2012 will include technical changes to use biomass-derived fuels as well as tighter suspension regulations. But it will be the 2013 season when we will see the biggest changes with the introduction of a new engine formula, which will replace the current 2.4 litre V8s with a 'greener' 1.6 litre, four-cylinder, turbocharged unit. An official statement from the FIA stated. 'The engines will deliver a 35 per cent reduction in fuel consumption and will feature extensive energy management and energy recovery systems, whilst maintaining current levels of performance,' The requirement for gearboxes to last five grand prix race weekends instead of four will also be introduced in 2013. However, the biggest revelation is the lift on the team order ban, which caused so much controversy last season at the German Grand Prix, when Ferrari asked their two drivers to switch positions. Speaking about this the FIA stated: 'Teams will be reminded that any actions liable to bring the sport into disrepute are dealt with under Article 151c of the International Sporting Code and any other relevant provisions,' whilst adding 'team communications will be made available to broadcasters'. Other changes and amendments will also include changes made to the list of penalties stewards are permitted to apply, revisions to driving and driver conduct standards. There will also be clarification regarding when drivers may overtake the safety car, after the incident involving Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton in Valencia this year. Meanwhile, regulations regarding the pit lane will also see updates, with a limit on the width of the fast lane in the pits, and the re-introduction of the rule that will allow to the race director to close the pit-lane during a grand prix for safety reasons. The 2011 regulations are expected to be published by the FIA in their entirety soon.