The FIA has now formally updated the F1 Sporting Regulations with a variety of changes that came to light over the winter.
Among the novelties for 2014 is the introduction of a five second penalty for minor offences, which can be taken before work starts at the driver’s next planned stop.
The regulations say: “The driver must enter the pit lane, stop at his pit for at least five seconds and then re-join the race. The relevant driver may however elect not to stop, provided he carries out no further pit stop before the end of the race. In such cases five seconds will be added to the elapsed race time of the driver concerned.
Later they add: “Whilst a car is stationary in the pit lane as a result of incurring a penalty [as above] it may not be worked on until the car has been stationary for at least five seconds.”
The plan to stop drivers parking on the slowing down lap in order to save a fuel sample – which is unlikely to be necessary now anyway given that there is a strict limit of fuel usage for the race – has also been confirmed. However it also covers other eventualities: “Under no circumstances may a driver stop his car on the track without justifiable reason.”
Crew members now have to wear helmets when working on the car in the pitlane during qualifying, as well as in the races.
One interesting novelty involves a method for following drivers to recognise total rookies during testing away from race weekends: “Cars being driven by drivers who do not possess a Super Licence must be fitted with a green rear light which must be illuminated at all times the car is on the track.”
Finally the previously announced ‘doughnut’ rule has been confirmed, as winning drivers do not have to comply with the requirement to head straight to parc ferme. They may now “perform an act of celebration before reaching parc fermé, provided any such act: a) Is performed safely and does not endanger other drivers or any officials. b) Does not call into question the legality of his car. c) Does not delay the podium ceremony.”