2009 Formula 1 – Updated sporting and technical regulations

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):


engine-rules

The gearbox rules however specifically mentions “consecutive Events”:
gearbox-rules

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):

2009 Formula 1 Sporting Regulations

2009 Formula 1 Technical Regulations

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  1. F1WolfNo Gravatar says:

    Even Martin Whitmarsh is confused:
    “There is still some (confusion), because the regulations were accelerated out, I think some points have to be clarified.

    “One of the points that isn’t 100 per cent clear in the regulations is if you use your ninth engine do you get a penalty once, or every time you use the ninth engine? Logically, and it’s everyone’s belief that you get the penalty once, but it isn’t explicitly clear in the regulations at the moment. There are a number of things that need to be clarified.”

  2. [...] latest version of 2009 Formula 1 regulations included some changes that were not exactly advertised in advance. I was not alone not sure about [...]

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