The much maligned Strategy Group, finally laid down their commands concerning the power unit penalties. The FIA, who could do nothing without the mandate of the Strategy Group, have acted without delay.
The changes, additions or interpretations have been sealed as follows;
A fifth extra engine has been granted for manufacturers in their first year, which will apply to Honda.
From Hungary onwards, time penalties, drive-throughs and stop-and-go penalties for changing power unit elements have gone.
The maximum penalty a driver can receive for changing power unit elements will be starting from the back of the grid.
WORLD MOTOR SPORTS COUNCIL- WMSC
“The simplification of the power unit penalties, ensuring that the most a driver can be penalized is to be demoted to the rear of the grid – this will eliminate penalties during the race for these infractions. New power unit manufacturers to F1 will receive an extra power unit for each driver to use throughout Grands Prix for the season, bringing the total to five, one more than the existing power unit suppliers. This will be applied retrospectively to Honda. These changes to the sporting regulations will come into force with immediate effect.”
The WMSC also has looked at the new F1 Super License system, which is based upon points accrued via success in various categories.
They have approved the update of the Super License regulations with a view to:
“Granting the champion of the FIA Formula E Championship with a Super License, although the Championship is not part of the points system.”
“Increasing flexibility for drivers having qualified for a Super License, but do not have the opportunity to race in Formula One” . These drivers will now keep this possibility for three years, such as F1 test drivers.
“Enlarging the list of Series included in the Super License point system”.
“Adjusting of points given to some series already included to better reflect the strength of series”.
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Long expected addition of Azerbaijan to the F1 season confirmed for 2016
The Azerbaijan race will be at Baku in July.
Further changes to the 2016 season include the return of Germany after having been pulled from the 2015 without much notice.
The Russian Grand Prix has been moved from October to May, making it the 4th race of the 2016 season.
Malaysia has been moved from March to September, in effect remaining in the same zone to follow the Singapore Grand Prix.
There has long been critics of the logic to having a races all over the world with little concern of the travel implications and pollution caused, when it would be perfectly possible to have several races in one zone, one after the other, and not zapping all over the world like some flea! Of course weather must be a consideration, but then that would also apply to neighbouring Grand Prix locations.