2009 Formula 1 season – Rules changes summary

New look F1 cars - low wide front wing, tall narrow rear wing

New look F1 cars - low wide front wing, tall narrow rear wing

Few days to go before the 2009 F1 action starts, time to summarize the most important F1 rules changes:

The most obvious changes in regulations are those visible on the cars – low and wide front wing, tall and narrow rear wing. All the small winglets and appendages are now banned. Perhaps not so obvious are the movable flaps on the front wing adjustable by driver from the cockpit.


Slick tyres will return for the first time since 1997 season replacing the grooved ones. Bridgestone will supply four different compounds – super sof, soft, medium and hard. For the past two seasons, Bridgestone has brought two consecutive compounds from its range of four to each event. In 2009 however, non-consecutive allocations will be made for most races. The white painted grove will be replaced by green line around the sidewall. The tyres formerly known as wet will now be called intermediate, the former extreme wets are now wet.

Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS) will be allowed (not compulsory) and can provide the driver with extra around 80bhp for period 6.6s a lap. Most of the teams developed their own devices, some may be getting them from their engine suppliers. However only Renault and Ferrari so far confirmed they will use the (heavy) device in Melbourne.

As one of the cost saving measures the engine revs will be limited to 18,000 rpm (from 19,000 rpm last year). Each driver will only be allowed to use 8 engines per season (P3, qualifying and race are covered by this limit). That means some of the engines will have to last 3 races. The 10 places grid penalty will be applied when extra engine is used (only one penalty for each new engine, so if driver uses 9th engine for 2 races he will only be penalized once).

Pit lane will no longer be closed when safety car is deployed. The drivers will no longer be penalized by unlucky safety car timing but the sporting regulations do leave some room for controversial steward decisions …

… any car being driven unnecessarily slowly, erratically or which is deemed potentially dangerous to other drivers at any time whilst the safety car is deployed will be reported to the stewards. This will apply whether any such car is being driven on the track, the pit entry or the pit lane.

The testing is limited to no more than 15,000km of track testing during a calendar year but no track testing may take place between the start of the week preceding the first Event of the Championship and 31 December of the same year. In other words, no testing between now and January 1, 2010 (except few exemptions listed in F1 sporting regulations 22.1).

The pit lane speed limit during qualifying and race has been increased to 100km/h.

This is the summary of the most important changes. You can download the complete 2009 F1 sporting and technical regulations here:

2009 F1 Sporting Regulations

2009 F1 Technical Regulations

The sporting regulations are already amended and do not include the winner takes all rule, the rule that FIA backtracked on, see paragraph 6. of the 2009 F1 Sporting Regulations.

6.1 The Formula One World Championship driver’s title will be awarded to the driver who has scored the highest number of points, taking into consideration all the results obtained during the Events which have actually taken place.

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  1. Bruce WayneNo Gravatar says:

    All the Rules and Regulations are good except drivers point championship system

    Bruce Wayne

    • F1WolfNo Gravatar says:

      well, FOTA proposed their 12-9-…system, FIA decided to adopt their “winner takes all” that can’t be used in 2009, so we are back where were – 10-8-6-5-4-3-2-1 …

  2. [fliP]No Gravatar says:

    oh, I didn’t know the one with the pit speed limit…
    what’s that good for? did they think entering/leaving the pit lastet too long?

    • F1WolfNo Gravatar says:

      frankly speaking, I am not sure. perhaps they are confident that such speed is safe and so the pit stops can cost drivers less time

      • TimmieNo Gravatar says:

        I’d agree thats all it is, just increasing the speed to move pit stops along faster i guess to have less of an effect on the race. When a ban on refueling comes in next year, pit stops will come and go like lightning….

        • F1WolfNo Gravatar says:

          James Allen was discussing interview with Domenicali for Gazzetta dello Sports. He talked mainly about this season being crucial for Kimi’s future with the team, but he hinted also at some of the rules changes:

          He (Domenicali) flags up two things which will influence the racing this year; the raising of the pit lane speed limit to 100km/h, which will make pit stops faster and the freeing up of safety car rules ( you can come in when you want).

  3. TimmieNo Gravatar says:

    just a side comment on this weeks pole, i’m surprised the no one has picked Toyota for the win…

    Comparing their testing form to the likes of Renault and Red Bull, they are definitely looking much more of a chance than any of them yet they have no votes…

    I still believe that BMW, Ferrari or Brawn have the biggest chance of a win though! But i wouldn’t count Toyota out just yet.

    Let us all hope that when the race rolls around that the stewards do the right thing and declare along with the FIA and Charlie Whiting that all diffusers are legal within regulations and we get on with a race that has no bad after taste! Would be dissapointing to get all the way to Melbourne after a very exciting build up to the first race abd have it ruined by protests and legalities that should have been sorted out by the FIA as soon as questions were asked to take away any of these unkonwns!

    Alas F1 wouldn’t be what it is without some of the idiots who run the sport and apprently they want controversy to continue to circle and annoy all those that watch and commentate on this awesome sport.

  4. zblkhwkNo Gravatar says:

    I thought that refueling was banned this year. I guess I misunderstood that change.

    My initial thought was that the new scoring to determine the champion was dumb, given the fantastic finish last year. But then I thought, what if four drivers enter the final race tied and a couple more are sitting one back. You could have four or five drivers racing for the win.

    If I read this correctly, qualifying remains unchanged again this year. I still liked it better when teams would run without playing the fuel level games.


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