2015 Formula 1 Grand Prix Regulations and calendar

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2015 Formula 1 Grand Prix Regulations and calendar

Formula 1 Grand Prix 2015 Regulations

The following decisions were taken at the World Motor Sport Council 2014 in Doha with regards to regulations governing Formula 1 in 2015:

2015 F1 TECHNICAL REGULATIONS

- The weight of the car, without fuel, must not be less than 702kg at all times during the Event (up from 701kg).
- Changes have been made to the rules governing Wind Tunnel Testing and with regard to the aerodynamic reporting periods for 2015 and 2016.
- Any suspension system fitted to the front wheels must be so arranged that its response results only from changes in load applied to the front wheels.
- Any suspension system fitted to the rear wheels must be so arranged that its response results only from changes in load applied to the rear wheels.
- The Zylon anti-intrusion panels on both sides of the survival cell have been extended upwards to the rim of the cockpit and alongside the pilot’s head.

Points

Points for both titles will no longer be doubled for the final Event of the Championship.

Standing Restarts

After consultation with the Teams who raised a number of safety concerns, Articles 42.7 and 42.8 on standing restarts have been rescinded.

Virtual Safety Car (VSC)

Following tests of the VSC system at the final Events of 2014, the introduction of the system has been approved for 2015. The VSC procedure may be initiated to neutralise a race upon the order of the clerk of the course. It will normally be used when double waved yellow flags are needed on any section of track and competitors or officials may be in danger, but the circumstances are not such as to warrant use of the safety car itself.

Suspending a race

When a race is suspended, the pit exit will be closed and all cars must now proceed slowly into the pit lane, not the starting grid. The first car to arrive in the pit lane should proceed directly to the pit exit staying in the fast lane, all the other cars should form up in a line behind the first car.

Team personnel or equipment on grid

If any team personnel or team equipment remain on the grid after the 15 second signal has been shown the driver of the car concerned must start the race from the pit lane. A ten second stop-and-go penalty will be imposed on any driver who fails to do this.

Power Unit Penalties

The replacement of a complete power unit will no longer result in a penalty, instead as specified in the current regulations, penalties will be applied cumulatively for individual components of the power unit.

If a grid place penalty is imposed, and the driver’s grid position is such that the full penalty cannot be applied, the remainder of the penalty will be applied in the form of a time penalty during the race (not at the next race as was previously the case) according to the following scale :
o 1 to 5 grid places untaken: A penalty under Article 16.3(a) will be applied.
o 6 to 10 grid places untaken: A penalty under Article 16.3(b) will be applied.
o 11 to 20 grid places untaken: A penalty under Article 16.3(c) will be applied.
o More than 20 grid places untaken: A penalty under Article 16.3(d) will be applied.

Time Penalties

In addition to the existing five-second penalty (Article 16.3a), a new ten-second penalty (Article 16.3b) will also be introduced, to be applied in the same manner.

Unsafe Release

If a car is deemed to have been released in an unsafe condition during a race a ten second stop-and-go penalty will be imposed on the driver concerned. An additional penalty will be imposed on any driver who, in the opinion of the stewards, continues to drive a car knowing it to have been released in an unsafe condition.

Qualifying Procedure

The qualifying procedure was clarified: for cases when 24 cars are eligible seven will be excluded after Q1 and Q2, if 22 cars are eligible six cars will be excluded after Q1 and Q2, and so on if fewer cars are eligible.

Safety Car: lapped cars

Once the last lapped car has passed the leader the safety car will return to the pits at the end of the following lap, the race director will no longer have to wait for all the lapped cars to reach the back of the pack behind the safety car.

CRITERIA FOR THE ISSUING OF SUPER LICENCES

A proposal on the conditions of attribution of the Super Licence was approved for 2016, on the basis of the following criteria:

1- Safety criteria

The following changes have been made compared to the current regulations:
- There is a valid driving licence requirement.
- There is a minimum age requirement (18yo).
- There is a verification of knowledge of the F1 Sporting Regulations/ISC rules.

2- Experience criteria

With the following changes compared to the current regulations:
- There is the 300km in F1 TCC or TPC_ as a minimum requirement.
- There is a 2 years minimum running in minor Formulas.

3- Performance criteria

With the following changes compared to the current regulations:
- There is a point system requirement, based on the driver results in previous Formulas.

2015 Formula 1 calendar

Race dates of all 20 grands prix on the provisional 2015 Formula 1 calendar.

15 Mar  Australia Albert Park
29 Mar  Malaysia Sepang  
12 Apr  China Shanghai  
19 Apr  Bahrain Sakhir  
10 May  Spain Circuit de Catalunya  
24 May  Monaco Monte Carlo  
7 Jun  Canada Montreal  
21 Jun  Austria Red Bull Ring  
5 Jul  Great Britain Silverstone  
19 Jul  Germany Hockenheim  
26 Jul  Hungary Hungaroring  
23 Aug  Belgium Spa-Francorchamps  
6 Sep  Italy Monza  
20 Sep  Singapore Marina Bay  
27 Sep  Japan Suzuka  
11 Oct  Russia Sochi  
25 Oct  United States Circuit of the Americas  
1 Nov  Mexico Mexico City  
15 Nov  Brazil Interlagos  
29 Nov  Abu Dhabi Yas Marina  

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