• FIA World Motor Sport Council

Adjustable rear wings approved, 107% rule returns

ESPNF1 Staff
June 23, 2010 « Sauber to drop BMW from its name | »

A raft of changes to Formula One's regulations has been decided upon by the FIA's World Motor Sport Council (WMSC), in order to improve racing and tidy up a number of loose ends.

From 2011 adjustable rear wings will be allowed to promote overtaking, in the hope of encouraging cars to draft one another down the straights.

"From 2011, adjustable bodywork may be activated by the driver at any time prior to the start of the race and, for the sole purpose of improving overtaking opportunities during the race, after the driver has completed two laps," read the FIA statement.

"The driver may only activate the adjustable bodywork in the race when he has been notified via the control electronics that it is enabled. It will only be enabled if the driver is less than one second behind another at any of the pre-determined positions around each circuit. The system will be disabled the first time the driver uses the brakes after the system has been activated.

"The FIA may, after consulting all the competitors, adjust the time proximity in order to ensure the purpose of the adjustable bodywork is met."

In addition to the adjustable rear wings being allowed, F-ducts will now be banned.

"With the exception of the parts necessary for the driver adjustable bodywork, any car system, device or procedure which uses driver movement as a means of altering the aerodynamic characteristics of the car is prohibited from 2011."

Also coming into force next year is the reintroduction of the 107% qualifying rule.

"From 2011, any driver whose best qualifying lap exceeds 107% of the fastest Q1 qualifying time will not be allowed to take part in the race. Under exceptional circumstances, however, which may include setting a suitable lap time in a free practice session, the stewards may permit the car to start the race. Should there be more than one driver accepted in this manner, the grid order will be determined by the stewards."

With Kinetic Energy Recovery Systems (KERS) returning in 2011 the minimum weight of the car will be increased to 640kg to accommodate the extra bulk.

Coming in with immediate effect is a tightening up of the in-lap rules during qualifying, as a direct result of Lewis Hamilton stopping on track after taking pole in qualifying for the Canadian Grand Prix. Drivers must now stay under a maximum time - decided before each race - on the way back to the pits, although the punishment has not been revealed. And in the wake of the controversy involving Michael Schumacher passing Fernando Alonso at the end of the Monaco Grand Prix, the FIA has ruled that there will be no overtaking even when the safety car pulls in on the last lap of a race.

As a response to the spygate and crashgate scandals, it is also "under consideration" that staff of F1 teams must hold "specific licenses" from 2011 that can be revoked by the FIA.

Meanwhile, a "four-race probationary super license" has been approved for Renault's official third driver Ho-Pin Tung.

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