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FIA meeting

Wed 23 Jun 2010

The FIA World Council met today, and had a raft of changes and clarifications to announce.

Tyre supplier announced
The biggest news, and worse kept secret, is that Pirelli have been confirmed as the tyre supplier from next season, for three years.  Nothing else has been said about what has been agreed, but there were rumours not long ago of 18 inch low profile tyres been one of their conditions.  Due to the limited amount of time left to develop cars for next season, it is expected if included, it will be delayed until 2012.

Adjustable rear wing rule introduced
As for next year, drivers will be able to alter a part of their rear wing, under a new rule allowing ‘driver adjustable body work’.

It has not been stated which part of the car this would cover, however it is understood to relate to the top flap of the rear wing.  It would allow a following car to increase its straight line speed by adjusting the angle of the wing flap; however the driver in the car in front would not be allowed to use it to defend their position.

To add to the confusion, it can’t be used on the first two laps and an ‘FIA computer’ will only enable the function when a car comes within a second of a car in front.  How exactly this will work is yet to be seen.

‘f-duct’ banned
As expected, the ‘f-duct’ that was introduced by McLaren at the start of this season, which allows the ‘stalling’ of the rear wing, has now officially been banned from next year.

107% rule reintroduced
The 107% rule has been reintroduced for 2011.  This rule prevents any driver, whose quickest time in the first qualifying session is slower than 107% of the fastest, from taking part in the race.  The new teams will have to watch out !

Fuel sample rule clarified
In Montreal qualifying Hamilton parked his car on the last lap, rather than returning to the pits and potentially not having enough fuel for the official sample.  It has been clarified that all cars must now return to the pit under their own power for this sample.

Safety car rule clarification
Due to a misunderstanding of the rule relating to the safety car on the last lap, by Mercedes driver Michael Schumacher at Monaco, who gained a 25-second penalty for overtaking Fernando Alonso’s Ferrari, the rule has been clarified.  They have stated that “no car may overtake until it has passed the first safety car line for the first time when the safety car is returning to the pits.  However, if the safety car is still deployed at the beginning of the last lap, or is deployed during the last lap, it will enter the pit lane at the end of the lap and the cars will take the chequered flag as normal without overtaking.” 

Basically no overtaking the safety car on the last lap !

Weight limit change
KERS is still included in the rules, even though nobody chose to use it this season; however it’s long been known that this will be used by many of the teams next year.  To encourage this, the minimum weight limit of the car and driver has been raised by 20kg to 640kg.