Teams agree engine homologation for 2007 19 Sep 2006
The Formula One teams have decided to bring forward the 2008 engine homologation rules by a year. The change was just one of a number of key points relating to the future of the sport that were agreed at a meeting with the FIA in Paris on Monday.
The homologation change means that whatever engines teams use at next months Japanese Grand Prix must also be used for the 2007 season. The engines will be limited to 19,000 rpm next year and full details of their consequent retuning must be submitted to the FIA by the middle of December.
The teams also agreed to the delay the introduction of new aerodynamic regulations until 2009 to allow them, in co-operation with the FIA, to optimise new bodywork designs. It follows doubts over the effectiveness of the mooted Centreline Downwash Generating (CDG) Wing, which was due to be brought in for 2008 in a bid to increase overtaking.
And in an attempt to further cut costs in the sport, a special Working Group is to be established to discuss means of restricting the use of wind tunnels, simulators (test rigs), simulations and, where appropriate, personnel numbers. It was also agreed that the 2008 regulation restricting testing to 30,000 km per team should also apply in 2007 by voluntary agreement.
The FIA statement in full:
The FIA met with representatives of all of the F1 teams, together with the manufacturers involved in F1 and the GPMA in Paris today. The meeting reached unanimous agreement on the following:
- the FIA to prepare draft regulations for the recovery and reuse of energy for introduction in 2009;
- the Manufacturers to prepare draft regulations for devices to use waste heat and exhaust gases to assist the engines in propelling the cars;
- that the objective of all new Formula One regulations should be to maintain F1 as the pinnacle of motor sport and to satisfy at least one of the following criteria: to improve the show, to improve cost effectiveness, to improve safety, to promote technology relevant to society at large, to facilitate brand recognition;
- establishment of a Working Group to discuss means to restrict the use of wind tunnels, simulators (test rigs), simulations and where appropriate, the numbers of personnel;
- that the 2008 regulation restricting testing to 30,000 km per team should also apply in 2007 by voluntary agreement;
Subject to World Motor Sport Council approval:
- a number of detailed changes to the 2008 Technical regulations;
- to defer the introduction of new aerodynamic regulations from 2008 until 2009 to allow the FIA, in co-operation with the F1 teams, to optimise new bodywork designs.
Subject to Formula One Commission and World Motor Sport Council approval:
- homologated engine regulations already in force for 2008 to apply for 2007. The homologated engine to be that used at the 2006 Japanese Grand Prix, subject to retuning for a maximum of 19,000 rpm. Full details of the retuning to be submitted to the FIA no later than December 15, 2006, and the definitive engine to be delivered by March 1, 2007.
- 18 races to be held in 2007.