Team Orders Allowed for 2011
December 10, 2010 | 4:04 P.M. EST
The Formula One Series will see a few changes starting in 2011. (Photo: Getty Images)
The World Motor Sport Council approved a number of changes for the 2011 season and beyond at its final meeting of the year in Monaco Friday.
The WMSC approved the introduction of a new specification engine from 2013, underlining the FIA’s commitment to improving sustainability and addressing the needs of the automotive industry. Following dialogue with the engine manufacturers and experts in this field, the power units will be four cylinders, 1.6 liter with high pressure gasoline injection up to 500 bar with a maximum of 12,000 rpm.
The engines will deliver a 35% reduction in fuel consumption and will feature extensive energy management and energy recovery systems, while maintaining current levels of performance. In 2013, five engines will be permitted per driver, but each year after that the limit will be four.
The WMSC also made a number of changes to the Sporting and Technical Regulations for 2011, including:
• The article forbidding team orders (39.1) is deleted. Teams will be reminded that any actions liable to bring the sport into disrepute are dealt with under Article 151c of the International Sporting Code and any other relevant provisions.
• Amendments to the list of penalties Stewards are permitted to apply.
• Revisions to driving and driver conduct.
• A limit on the width of the fast lane in the pits.
• The introduction of a regulation permitting the Race Director to close the pit lane during a race for safety reasons.
• The re-introduction of intermediate tires for 2011.
• Penalties to be applied to any driver who fails to use both specification of dry weather tire during the race.
• An amendment requiring gearboxes to be used for five consecutive races, instead of four.
• Clarification on when cars can overtake the safety car.
• A refinement to the principles of the regulations already agreed concerning moveable rear wings.
• A better definition of the reference plane, and reinforcement of bodywork deflection tests, especially at the front of the reference plane.
• The allowance for anti-intrusion panels to protect drivers’ legs.
Amendments were also made to the 2012 Technical Regulations in the following areas:
• Team communications will be made available to broadcasters.
• The inclusion of fuel compounds produced from biomass.
• A limitation on suspension uprights.