Technical & Sporting Regulation Changes for 2014 Formula 1 season

Published : 06/21/2013 11:10:04
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Formula 1 Grand Prix Season 2014 - What you need to know

The 2014 season will see the introduction of a new engine formula, as turbocharged engines make a return to the sport for the first time since 1988.

The Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS) will also be incorporated into the design of the new 1.6 litre V6 engines, while teams will now be permitted to use electronic braking devices due to the increased difficulty in regulating brake bias.

Fuel will be restricted to 100kg/h above 10,500rpm, in an effort to promote fuel efficiency, and drivers must be able to return to the pits under their own power after the chequered flag. This is to prevent drivers from pulling over to preserve their mandatory fuel sample required for post-race testing.

Teams must also nominate eight gear ratios ahead of the Melbourne Grand Prix, with these eight ratios being used at every race this season. Teams will be given one opportunity to change their ratios during the season, but any further changes will cop grid penalties.

Mid-season testing will also return to the schedule in 2014, while driving offences will now carry a pre-determined points value. These points will be tallied up over the season, with drivers copping suspensions if they accumulate 12 penalty points.

Drivers will only be able to use five engines over the course of the season, down from eight last year.

The FIA has also passed a resolution allowing it to change tyre specifications with immediate effect if the need arises, following last year's numerous tyre blow-outs.

Controversially, double points will be on offer for the final race of the season, in an effort from organisers to ensure the championship goes down to the wire.

The "pole trophy" has also been introduced for the driver who qualifies on pole for the most races.

New F1 Regulations

- New engine formula, replacing V8 configuration with 1.6L V6
- Fuel to be flow-restricted to 100kg/h above 10,500rpm
- KERS to be incorporated into engine design
- Teams must nominate eight gear ratios ahead of season
- One gear ratio change permitted per season, penalties for subsequent changes
- Teams allowed to use electronic braking devices
- Minimum car weight increased from 642kg to 691kg
- False camera mountings banned
- Double points on offer for final race of the season
'- Penalty points' system introduced for driver offences
- Drivers can only use five engines over course of season

Calendar Changes

Formula One will travel to Russia for the first time ever, with drivers set for a street-circuit battle around the Olympic park in Sochi.

Thanks to an agreement between Bernie Ecclestone and Red Bull, the Austrian Grand Prix will make a return to the calendar this year following a decade-long absence. The A-1 Ring, as it was known in 2003, has since been rebranded to the "Red Bull Ring".

The Korean and Mexican grands prix have been dropped from the calendar, while the Indian Grand Prix will also not be held in 2014. Indian organisers wanted the race hosted earlier in the season, but F1 chiefs feared they could not schedule races so close together in April.

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