The regulations for Formula 1 becomes more complicated and less open for innovation each year (even if 2014 will open a lot of new stuff – but the new stuff is still very hardly regulated). I think that is wrong so I wrote down some ideas.
However, there must be constraints for the sake of safety and costs. I wrote my own suggestion for regulations – of course they are simplified and many necessary things are left out. But these are some ideas that point to how I think Formula 1 would benefit as a sport and as entertainment as well as business.
All suggestions below are for each team with two cars, unless stated otherwise.
When it says ”car” it means a team’s car in singulars.
Each team may spend up to €100 Million on car development and running of the team between January 1 and December 31.
They may spend up to €25 Million on engine lease.
Engine development costs cannot exceed €20 Million per engine maker.
They may spend any amount they like on promotion that doesn’t include design, construction, testing.
The fuel must be regular 98 octane gasoline, same which may be bought by consumers with good availability.
Fuel additive of up to 5% of any type allowed, as long as it is not dangerous to health from vapors or when burned.
Car must be fuelled 100 kg fuel before race. Minimum 1 kg must remain after race.
Construction of engine is free in that any number of cylinders and size, cylinders or rotary, is allowed. However a minimum weight for engines is set.
Turbo and compressor are allowed to use.
ERS is mandated. Battery and electric engine must weigh between 80 and 100 kg.
Harvesting is allowed in whatever way team wants. Applying it is allowed in whatever way team wants.
Cars to have four wheels, only driven on rear wheels.
Wide rear wheels for high mechanical grip.
Three types of dry tyres to choose from at each race. Faster tyres that degrade quicker and slower ones that last longer. No tyres should last more than 50% of the race distance. Not mandatory to use more than one compound.
Free use of tyre compunds for qualifying with two sets of each compound supplied for qualifying.
Monsoon tyres back in F1 to stop safety car races when it’s raining.
Mandatory minimum car height on FIAs discretion if they expect risk for heavy rain.
Cars must weigh 699 kg including driver and 619 kg excluding driver. Any ballast to reach those limits must be placed on a standardized position close to the driver’s seat.
Wings must be able to fit inside boxes, made available by FIA.
Construction free within box constraints.
Wings to be smaller than now to reduce downforce, which with free design within box constraints could otherwise give a big gain in downforce.
Part of diffuser to be standardized to make sure it does not contribute to too high downforce.
Car must be able to fit inside a box, made available by FIA.
Cars to be a maximum of 5 meters long and two meters wide.
Exhaust port to be placed in a standardized way so that it cannot be used to get a blown diffuser.
Plank removed or changed to metal to allow sparks from under the cars.
Points distributed down to P15. No points for pole or fastest lap.
No double points for any race.
Testing allowed on two days after certain GPs:
One day on each test reserved for rookie/test drivers with less than one season of F1.
So there you have it, my ideas for a more innovative Formula 1 that is aimed at giving higher mechanical grip, more engine development and have a green edge. It will give drivers that do not have much F1 driving on their resume the chance to get test mileage. No more boring rain races where the safety car leads the pack for 20 laps. You could also get cars that are individually designed and you would not have to see the livery to see which team a car belongs to.
Of course, these points will never be put into use because everyone would see the problems and not the opportunities. Which is strange since F1 construction and design is about being creative and find the loopholes.
Not everyone will like my suggestions but I wrote them because ” But these are some ideas that point to how I think Formula 1 would benefit as a sport and as entertainment as well as business.”.
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