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New Rules for F1 2013

by Ravi Ved Photos: Dppi Posted on December 7, 2012 15:28 IST 710 Views

Federation Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA) has announced a number of rule changes and technical regulations for the 2013 season of Formula 1 season




F1 rule changes for 2013



From the 2013 season, FIA has restricted the use of DRS during practice and qualifying for safety reasons. Unlike 2012, when they were free to use DRS as per will, drivers will now only be able to use DRS in designated zones. 


Besides the DRS rule changes FIA has also put a restriction that averts team personnel from being in the paddock during specified periods. The governing body has extended the time from six to eight hours. Further FIA has also reduced the limit of exceptions to legally break this rule from four to two for the entire season. 


The World Motor Sport Council (WMSC) has also introduced slightly strict rules with regard to the front wing deflection test, to keep a check on the teams using flexible bodywork to gain greater aerodynamic performance. The minimum weight of the car has also been increased for 2013 due to the increase in weight of the Pirelli tyres. With the deletion of 'force majeure' for 2013, drivers do not have to save one-litre of fuel at the end of the qualifying session. In case drivers are forced to use part of the reserve one-litre of fuel, FIA will calculate the amount of fuel used in the sowing-down lap into the pits and add the amount to use as sample.   


Meanwhile, the regulations for 2014 have also been tweaked. The obligation for cars to run solely on electric power in the pit-lane has been postponed until 2017. the minimum weight limit will further be increased in 2014 due to additional weight of f1 engines.


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