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#87595 - 4th Feb 2005 3:06am Future of F1 (FIA/FERRARI MEETING)
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FIA/FERRARI MEETING

  • Motorsport’s governing body the FIA has published minutes of the meeting
    it held with Ferrari at Heathrow last Friday and distributed copies
    to the other nine teams who chose not to attend.

  • The range of issues discussed ran the gamut from tyre and testing regulations
    to a major reduction in downforce,
    long-life components and a standard ECU.
    All the key points of the meeting are summarised below.



Under the heading of “possible technical and sporting measures to reduce costs”:-

  • STANDARD ECU
    The FIA was in favour of a standard electronic control unit to cut costs and
    to enable an enforceable ban on systems such as traction control.
    Ferrari “supported the principle” but proposed that a feasibility study
    be carried out. Implementation proposed for 2008.
  • STANDARD BRAKES
    The FIA supported standardised braking systems.
    Ferrari preferred to retain discretion and proposed
    long-life brakes as an alternative. Implementation proposed for 2008 but would be possible in 2006.
  • BODYWORK REGULATIONS
    The FIA proposed bodywork regulations to reduce the potential for aerodynamic development.
    Jean Todt accepted that this would make the car simpler to design but said that
    in the short term it could increase expense and therefore should be introduced as part of a package of measures in 2008.
    This was agreed.
  • HOMOLOGATION OF CAR DESIGNS
    Jean Todt explained that Ferrari was in favour of designs being homologated
    and fixed for specific periods of time as it would make component
    production more efficient and thus reduce costs.
    Implementation proposed for 2006.
  • LONG-LIFE COMPONENTS
    Ross Brawn had calculated that Ferrari would save at least 1.6 million euros
    if long-life transmissions and uprights were introduced.
    The FIA was in favour of this proposal and said it could be implemented in 2006
    if a decision was taken by April 2005.
  • FURTHER EXTENSION OF ENGINE LIFE
    Ross Brawn suggested that this matter be reviewed once
    the effects of the new 2005 rule could be assessed.
  • ENGINE RPM LIMIT
    Ross Brawn said that Ferrari felt there should be some means of constraining
    engine performance but not necessarily through a rev limit.
    This was noted and the FIA will seek the views of other engine manufactures.
  • SLASHING DOWNFORCE
    It was argued that cutting downforce very substantially
    – to, say, 10 per cent of current levels – would allow closer racing,
    promote overtaking and increase safety in high-speed corners if done
    in conjunction with a major increase in mechanical grip
    (e.g. by reintroducing wide slick tyres).
    It was agreed that the FIA should commission an independent expert to study this
    issue in more detail. Implementation proposed for 2008.
  • STANDARD TRANSMISSION AND DRIVETRAIN, MATERIAL LIMITATIONS
    The FIA and Ferrari both supported these proposals for cost-saving reasons
    and the FIA said that they could be introduced in 2006 if a decision was taken soon.
  • SINGLE TYRE SUPPLIER
    The FIA was strongly in favour of this.
    Jean Todt proposed that the FIA invite the tyre manufacturers to a meeting
    to discuss this in further detail. This was agreed.
  • RETURN TO SLICK TYRES
    The FIA proposed a return to slick tyres,
    with only three fixed compounds for the entire season.
    It was agreed that this matter should be discussed at the proposed
    meeting with the tyre manufacturers.
  • BAN ON TYRE WARMERS
    The FIA argued that a ban on tyre blankets and other tyre-warming devices
    would result in significant savings.
    Ferrari felt this could be introduced in the future as long as the
    teams were given enough notice.
    Implementation proposed for 2008.
  • NO SPARE CAR
    This was supported by both the FIA and Ferrari for cost-saving reasons.
    Implementation proposed for 2006.
  • TWO-DAY GP WEEKEND
    The FIA said there was a case for using the Friday of a GP weekend
    as a test day and that it was more natural to have the practice and qualifying sessions
    on Saturday and the race on Sunday.
    It was agreed that this should be looked at in the future discussions
    of race and testing formats.
  • ELIMINATION OF THIRD CAR ON FRIDAY
    The FIA was in favour of this if the GP weekend was still to include running on Friday.
    Jean Todt argued that if there was a sound commercial reason for a small team to run a third car,
    e.g. in terms of sponsorship, this could be allowed as it could represent a
    significant income stream. Implementation proposed for 2006.



Under the heading of "possible general regulatory measures to reduce costs":-

  • FREEZE ON TECHNICAL AND SPORTING REGULATIONS
    It was agreed that short-term technical changes did incur significant costs
    but that a freeze of regulations for three years could be too long.
  • ANNOUNCE CHANGES WELL IN ADVANCE
    It was agreed that this was important to reduce the transitional cost of regulation changes.
  • TESTING LIMITS
    The FIA said that the only way to regulate testing effectively
    would be to introduce a rule,
    rather than attempt a voluntary agreement
    between the teams.
    The following restrictions were seen to be the most feasible in order to reduce costs:
    that testing should be regulated by the FIA
    that it should be based on mileage rather than days
    that there should be no testing on GP circuits other than Barcelona, Monza and Silverstone
    that testing should be split into in-season and out-of-season.
    Ross Brawn restated Ferrari’s opposition to the 30-day testing rule and argued for a testing limitation based on mileage rather than days.
    Implementation date would be suggested following proposed meeting of tyre manufacturers.
  • ENGINE SUPPLY RULES
    A proposal requiring engine suppliers to make engines available on a similar basis
    to the current tyre supply rules was rejected by both the FIA and Ferrari,
    who preferred to leave engine supply to market forces.
  • FREEDOM TO SELL COMPONENTS
    The FIA and Ferrari were both in favour of allowing teams to sell components
    (including entire chassis) and transfer intellectual property rights.
    Implementation proposed for 2006.
  • SALARY CAP
    This was rejected by both the FIA and Ferrari.
  • MAXIMUM AGE FOR SECOND DRIVER
    This was rejected by both the FIA and Ferrari.
  • ROLE OF FORMULA 1 COMMISSION
    Jean Todt said that the Formula 1 Commission didn’t function as well as it should
    and questioned whether it served any useful purpose.
    It was agreed that its role should be reviewed.
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#87596 - 4th Feb 2005 3:08am Re: Future of F1 (FIA/FERRARI MEETING)
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Text is well buggered matey. Wanna edit the post to clean up the errors. Will read it when i dont have to concentrate as hard
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#87597 - 4th Feb 2005 12:02pm Re: Future of F1 (FIA/FERRARI MEETING)
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#87598 - 4th Feb 2005 2:41pm Re: Future of F1 (FIA/FERRARI MEETING)
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Harsh. Dont think itll improve the racing that. Wide wide tires sound nice though.

I love the way only ferrari had a say in whats changing(and the FIA of course)
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#87599 - 5th Feb 2005 3:29pm Re: Future of F1 (FIA/FERRARI MEETING)
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I THINK THEY SHOULD JUST SCRAP F1!!!!!its so borin vvvvvvvvvvoooooooooommmmmmmmm vvvvvvvvvvvvvvoooooooommmmmmmmmm!!!!!!the WRC IS THE BEST!!!!AND BTCC!!!!!! happy
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