What FIA’s WMSC meeting last Friday did not decide on

It will take a while before next champion gets the chance to get on The Wall

It will take a while before next champion gets the chance to get on The Wall

The Formula 1 cost saving measures agreed on by FOTA were rubber stamped by the World Motor Sport Council last Friday in Monaco. But let’s look at few things that either were not discussed or were not decided on:

1) 2009 Formula One Calendar


As there was no word on the 2009 F1 calendar last Friday it looks like we can consider the version published on November 5th as final. To summarize all the changes – no French and Canadian GPs, Turkish GP returns to summer date, Chinese GP will not be held in October but in April, Japanese GP will return to Suzuka and German GP to Nurburgring. And the honours to host the seasons finale will go to the new venue in Abu Dhabi. Here is the calendar for quick reference:

29 March – Australia
5 April – Malaysia
19 April – China
26 April – Bahrain
10 May – Spain
24 May – Monaco
7 June – Turkey
21 June – Great Britain
12 July – Germany
26 July – Hungary
– summer break –
23 August – Europe (Valencia)
30 August – Belgium
13 September – Italy
27 September – Singapore
4 October – Japan
18 October – Brazil
1 November – Abu Dhabi

Formula 1 will return to Honda's Suzuka circuit but Honda team will not be there

Formula 1 will return to Honda's Suzuka circuit but Honda team will not be there

The only unknowns probably are if Nurburgring will be allowed to call its GP German and how that decision affects the name of the GP in Valencia.

2) Those medals

No decision was made on the gold, silver and bronze medals. It looks like Bernie was a bit overconfident about this issue. FIA decided to ask the masses first before making any radical change like this. Pity that Mr. Ecclestone was successful on some other matters, like getting F1 rid of the North American races …

3) Qualifying format

Common sense prevailed. We do not have to change everything from one season to the next, right ? But changes for 2010 season are still on cards pending the results of market research. But no matter if the format stays same or different beyond 2010 some changes will have to made anyway to reflect the refueling ban from 2010 on.

4) Standard engine

The immediate danger of standard F1 engine has been extinguished by the cost saving measures agreed on by FIA and FOTA. Whether the good old Cosworth V8 returns in 2010 will be known next week. The teams have now till December 20th to sign up for the Cosworth engines.

2 Comments Post a Comment
  1. KotenokNo Gravatar says:

    Summarized looks more pretty, but I do not know if my stomach cramp last weekend was provoked by some wrong dated food or by these news….

  2. [...] was agreed on for 2009 and 2010 and what was agreed on to be discussed in future. I also summarized what was not talked about. Max Mosley promises that as a result of these measures the F1 will remain the same, only cheaper. [...]

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