FIA has published the updated 2010 sporting regulations (the changes are highlighted in the attached file). Besides the rule changes reflecting the new points system, the increased number of team (changes to Q1 and Q2) or the refueling ban there are some other interesting paragraphs.
Paragraph 16.4.a limits the time the driver can spend racing before coming to pits to serve a penalty to crossing the Line on the track no more than twice before entering the pit lane.
Another interesting addition to the rule book is the amendment of test ban rules, paragraph 22.1.c. When replacing drivers the teams will be allowed to test the replacement drivers before placing them into the race seats, under these conditions:
If a team declares that one of its current race drivers is to be substituted by a driver who has not participated in an F1 race in the two previous calendar years, one day of track testing will be permitted between the start of the week preceding second Event and the last Event of the Championship. The following must be observed :
– Any such day may only be carried out by the new driver and may not take place on a circuit hosting a race in the current Championship year.
– Any such day may only take place within a period 14 days prior to the substitution and 14 days after the substitution has taken place.
– If a team, having declared the driver’s substitution and performed the test, does not then enter an Event with the new driver, the team will be penalised by a reduction of one day from the pre-season track testing days available in the following year.
Drivers like Alguersuari, Kobayashi, Grosjean or Badoer would probably have appreciated this rule to be in place a season earlier …
Click here for complete 2010 F1 sporting regulations.