The World Motor Sport Council has confirmed a number of rule changes for Formula One in 2017, many of which have been detailed before as ideas at the F1 commission.
In a big to clarifiy the working relationships in sister of effectly ‘customer’ teams, some changes were made to the regulations: “The World Motor Sport Council confirmed changes to Appendices 6 and 8 of the 2017 F1 Sporting Regulations which clarify outsourcing arrangements and conduct permitted regarding Listed Parts, Non-Listed Parts, wind tunnel testing and personnel transfer between teams engaged in a working or developmental relationship.”
As we expected, standing start will be reintroduced to wet weather races. Even if the races starts behind the safety car, when safe to do so, the grid will line up for a standard standing start, “A new procedure regarding wet weather starts was also accepted. From 2017, if a safety car is deemed to be required for the beginning of a race due to wet weather, a normal standing start will occur once the track is deemed safe to race. The process will see the safety car return to the pit lane and the cars assemble on the grid for the start.”
A slightly more flexible approach is to be taken with drivers helmets, “Drivers must continue to present their helmets in substantially the same livery at every event of the FIA Formula One World Championship for easy recognition of the driver in the car, however a driver will now be allowed one event (such as a home race) for a special livery (at the driver’s choice). Drivers will also be allowed to change their helmet liveries if changing teams during the season.”
The stockpiling of engines, which Lewis Hamilton did in Spa is to be outlawed, “During any single event, if a driver introduces more than one of a power unit element that is subject to penalty, only the last element fitted may be used at subsequent events without further penalty. This is to prevent the stockpiling of spare power unit elements.”
Due to the new aero regulations, teams will not be able to choose their tyre combinations with a standardised system introduced, “For the first five events of the 2017 Championship season only, the normal team selection procedure for tyres will not be used as the deadline occurs before pre-season testing. For these events the supplier will allocate two sets of the hardest compound specification, four sets of the medium compound specification and seven sets of the softest compound specification to each driver.”