FIA published today the latest version of 2010 F1 sporting and technical regulations. The regulations are dated July 24, about a week before the 2009 Concorde Agreement was signed. Here are some interesting parts.
There is no change to the race distances:
5.3 The distance of all races, from the start signal referred to in Article 38.9 to the chequered flag, shall be equal to the least number of complete laps which exceed a distance of 305 km (Monaco 260km). However, should two hours elapse before the scheduled race distance is completed, the leader will be shown the chequered flag when he crosses the control line (the Line) at the end of the lap during which the two hour period ended. However, should the race be suspended (see Article 41) the length of the suspension will be added to this period.
The championships will still be decided by most points, not by most wins:
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.
The points system remains unchanged.
The constructors are allowed to outsource the parts they are obliged to design and construct themselves:
6.3 A constructor is the person (including any corporate or unincorporated body) which designs the Listed Parts set out in Schedule 3 to The 2009 Concorde Agreement. The make of an engine or chassis is the name attributed to it by its constructor. The obligation to design and use Listed Parts shall not prevent a constructor from outsourcing the design and/or manufacture of any Listed Parts to a third party in accordance with the provisions of Schedule 3 to The 2009 Concorde Agreement.
The car manufacturers are still only allowed to supply 2 teams with engines unless they get FIA approval for more:
13.3 A competitor may change the make of engine at any time during the Championship. All points scored with an engine of different make to that which was first entered in the Championship may count (and will be aggregated) for the assessment of a commercial benefit, however such points will not count towards (nor be aggregated for) the FIA Formula One Constructors Championship. A major car manufacturer may not directly or indirectly supply engines for more than two teams of two cars each without the consent of the FIA. For the purposes of this Article 13.3, a major car manufacturer is a company whose shares are quoted on a recognised stock exchange or the subsidiary of such a company.
The testing restrictions will remain, no testing during the season is allowed:
22.1 a) Track testing shall be considered any track running time undertaken by a competitor entered in the Championship with the exception of :
i) promotional or demonstration events carried out using tyres provided specifically for this purpose by the appointed supplier ;
ii) three one day young driver training tests carried out between the end of the last Event of the Championship and 31 December of the same year, any such driver having not competed in more than two F1 World Championship Events ;
iii) eight one day aerodynamic tests carried out on FIA approved straight line or constant radius sites between 1 January and the end of the last Event of the Championship in the same year.
b) No competitor may carry out more than 15,000km of track testing during a calendar year.
c) 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.
The eight engines per season and one gearbox for four races rules remain.
The refuelling during race will be banned in 2010:
29.1 a) Refuelling is only permitted in the team’s designated garage area.
b) Refuelling during a race is forbidden.
Qualifying remains more less the same but there is a change reflecting the bigger number of cars:
33.1 The qualifying practice session will take place on the day before the race from 14.00 to 15.00.
The session will be run as follows :
a) From 14.00 to 14.20 (Q1) all cars will be permitted on the track and at the end of this period the slowest eight cars will be prohibited from taking any further part in the session. Lap times achieved by the eighteen remaining cars will then be deleted.
b) From 14.27 to 14.42 (Q2) the eighteen remaining cars will be permitted on the track and at the end of this period the slowest eight cars will be prohibited from taking any further part in the session. Lap times achieved by the ten remaining cars will then be deleted.
c) From 14.50 to 15.00 (Q3) the ten remaining cars will be permitted on the track.
The above procedure is based upon a Championship entry of 26 cars. If 24 cars are entered seven will be excluded after Q1 and Q2 and if 22 cars are entered only six cars will be excluded after Q1 and Q2.
I could not find any reference to the fuel levels required for Q3. But this part of the Parc Ferme regulations may suggest that the low fuel qualifying will be back and we will again see the fastest not the lightest cars on the pole:
34.1 – fuel may be added or removed and a fuel breather fitted ;
Now to the 2010 technical regulations.
The cars will be heavier, the minimu weight has been increased from 605 kg to 620 kg.
4.1 Minimum weight :
The weight of the car must not be less than 620kg at all times during the Event.
Despite all the talk about ditching KERS for next season it still is part of the 2010 technical regulations.
So, looks like for now none of FOTA ideas (unspecified new qualifying format, shorter races) made it to next year rules, neither did Bernie’s medals. And gone is the 2 tier championship and budget cap.