FIA released the updated 2009 F1 Sporting and Technical Regulations on January 12, 2009. These updates cover among other things all the cost cutting measures agreed on by FIA and FOTA following Honda’s withdrawal from the sport. There are 40 pages of Sporting Regulations and over 60 pages of the Technical Regulations and that will take some time to read and digest. The news yesterday however pointed my attention to the engine and gearbox rules so I went on to check those. Although the FOTA/FIA cost cutting deal mentioned 3 race engine rule there is no mention of that in the sporting regulations. The regulations only state the 8 engines per season rule (also agreed by FIA/FOTA):
This means (unless something was omitted from the rule book) that the gearbox rules remain the same as in 2008. The engines however may be changed freely between the races in 2009 provided the driver does not use more than eight per season. I may be wrong but it also looks like unlike in 2008 the “Event” when it comes to engines also includes the Friday practice. I could not find in the regulations anything mentioning the 4 four engines per team for testing agreed on by FIA and FOTA. If anyone spotted in regulations anything that says otherwise, please let me know in comments.
If someone runs out of eight engines with 4 races to go for example he should be then penalized with 10 places grid penalty in each of the final 4 races…
You can download the complete 2009 F1 regulations here (right click on the links below and save):