The FIA World Motor Sport Council met today in Paris and took the unusual step of giving Jean Todt and Bernie Ecclestone a mandate to address key issues facing F1 – which could mean that they could introduce measures that have not been voted through by the teams in the F1 Commission.
The big issue of the moment is that of power units, and the manufacturers are due to present proposals in the middle of January. Todt and Ecclestone have agreed to come up with answers by January 31st
The FIA said: “The World Motor Sport Council approved, by a near unanimous number (just one vote against), a mandate for the FIA President, Jean Todt and the Representative of the Commercial Rights Holder, Bernie Ecclestone to make recommendations and decisions regarding a number of pressing issues in Formula One such as governance, Power Units and cost reduction. Mr Todt and Mr Ecclestone expressed their intention to establish conclusions on these matters by 31 January, 2016.”
Meanwhile the WMSC also addressed some key regulation changes, including clarification on how the engine token system will work in years to come:
“The number of power unit tokens allowed for in-season development will be allocated as follows over the coming seasons:
2016 – 32, 2017 – 25, 2018 – 20, 2019 – 15
“Any new Power Unit manufacturer will be allocated 15 tokens in their first year, and 32 in their second.”
It also confirmed that all manufacturers can now run previously homologated engines: “Power Units homologated in previous seasons may now be re-homologated. Previously nomanufacturer could supply more than one specification of PU. The World Motor Sport Council was also advised that the FIA had agreed for Ferrari to supply a fourth customer team with a 2015 specification Power Unit in 2016.”
The latter is a reference to Scuderia Toro Rosso.
The tyre regulations have been adjusted to allow teams to have a choice of three tyres each weekend.
“The tyre supplier will now provide three dry-weather compounds instead of two.
“Of the 13 sets of dry tyres available to each driver, the tyre supplier will choose two for the race (only one of which must be used in the race), and one set (the softest available) that may only be used in Q3. Each driver may then choose their remaining ten sets from the three available compounds
“Unless intermediate or wet-weather tyres have been used, a driver must use at least two different specifications of dry-weather tyres – at least one of these must be the one chosen by the tyre supplier.”
There are also changes to the Virtual Safety Car: “In the event of a Virtual Safety Car (VSC), DRS will now be re-enabled immediately after the VSC period. Furthermore, the VSC may also be used in practice sessions to reduce the amount of time lost during a stoppage.
Finally, “The maximum number of Championship events in a season has been increased to 21 (from 20).”