FIA takes tough stance

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Dec 29, 2002
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Formula One's ruling body has announced plans to cut costs and make racing more exciting after a meeting with team bosses in London.
The FIA have acted after saying the 10 team principals had failed to come up with concrete proposals despite much discussion.

Electronic aids such as traction and launch control are to be eliminated by 2004 at the latest with the FIA moving to have them taken off cars during the coming season.

Once they got over the shock it all went down quite well

FIA president Max Mosley

The governing body has also warned they will "rigorously apply existing rules" in the coming season to ensure teams will not be able to use a spare car in 2003.

Telemetry (computerised car-to-pit communication) will not be allowed, nor will radio contact between the driver and team.

Do you back FIA changes?
The FIA also announced plans to introduce standard braking systems, rear wings and other long-life components from 2004.


The prospect of manufacturers being compelled to supply engines to more than one team has also been raised.

From 2005, engines will have to last two races while in 2006 engine life will be extended to six races.

New measures
Telemetry banned

No radio contact between driver and team

Spare car cannot be used

No access to cars between final qualifying and the race

Standard braking systems and rear wings to be introduced from 2004

Electronic aids to be eliminated by 2004

Engines to last two races from 2005

FIA president Max Mosley has warned he is prepared to force through changes if the teams did not agree their own.

"We have gone over to zero tolerance," he said.

"We could have probably been more insistent [last season] so now we decided we would impose the regulations to the letter."

Jordan team owner Eddie Jordan said after the meeting: "It's a huge day as far as we are concerned.

"The atmosphere was the best that I have ever known in a team principals' meeting.

"Things have been changed, Max has been quite brutal about what he wants to see for 2003, '04 and '05 in terms of engines."

Could be just what Mclaren MB need to win more races than just one. I for one will be please to see more drives skill involved eg no Launch control.

But with less hi-tech input, what will Coulthard be able to blame now :confused: ;)

With more 'driver', and less 'car' - it's only going to play deeper into Micheal Schumacher's hands. I echo his recommendations..

Do away with (or at least significantly reduce) downforce
Bring back slicks
Lose the electronic controls
..and if necessary reduce to 2.5l engines

Focusing on reliability is just going to artificially spice up the series by hoping leaders crash out/breakdown. Just bring back closer racing. :rolleyes:
No way man! KIMI is the new man, watch that sucker go when the driver aids come off. Schumacher era is coming to to a close.
ALONSO and KIMI are the future.:D
And have you seen the new MCLAREN so BOOOOTIFULL!

I love MCLAREN, supported them since 1988. ( 14 yrs old ):bannana:
Who's Coulthard anyway????????????????????????
What happened to Coulthard anyway. He was so quick at Williams, Joined McLaren and was quicker than Hakkinen, Then they built a car capable of winning the championship and he lost the plot!
Schuey will still be the best (assuming he's still racing then).

Followed closely by Montoya.

Then Alonso

Then Button

Can't see Kimi coming into this at all.

They need to remove the aerodynamics so that the car doesn't (allegedly) lose all grip when it's within half a mile :) of the car in front.

Then maybe there would be some racing on the track, and we wouldn't have to listen to the commentators trying to make a visit to the petrol pumps sound exciting. :rolleyes:
here is a thought for you all. Why not do away with petrol engines and use diesels instead. Ok they will be slightly slower off the mark but would then rely on driving skills to keep the engine at peak performance through all the corners. Just a thought :eek:
Didn't BMW try diesel engined cars a few years back in silhouette saloon car racing, but ran foul of the regulations? Something to do with equivalency rations or something stupid. If I remember correctly, the cars were very competitve, and since they didn't have to refill so often were actually a good idea in longer distance events.
Ah, no more refills. Maybe that's why F1 doesn't want them?

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