The governing body of Formula One, the FIA, has just released a long list of tweaks to the 2013 season rules, regulations and calendar after a meeting of the World Motor Sport Council in Istanbul, Turkey.
Changes to Rules & Regulations
- The WMSC and FIA have banned the free use of DRS during qualifying and practice for 2013, as the Drag Reduction System will only be allowed within the DRS zones as used in the race. Qualifying lap times on Saturday will probably end up being more similar to actual race laps on Sunday.
- Team personnel will have an extended curfew within the paddock grounds. The previous set time period was 6 hours, but the FIA extended it to 8 hours. Also, the number of exceptions has been reduced from 4 to 2.
- Front wing deflection test parameters have been increased to prevent the use of flexible bodywork for better aero performance.
- Minimum car weight has been raised to allow for the heavier 2013 Pirelli tires.
- The 'force majeure allowance' for cars stopping on the track during qualifying has been removed. The FIA will determine how much fuel the car would have needed and add it to the one liter sample needed at the end of the session.
- For 2014, the requirement of cars to drive in the pit lane under electric power only was pushed back to 2017.
- For 2014, bodywork changes for reduced downforce and drag for improved fuel efficiency were reverted to 2012 regulations and specifications.
- For 2014, the minimum weight will also be raised to allow for the heavier 2014 power units.
Changes to the 2013 Calendar
The FIA and WMSC have made changes to the 2013 Formula One Calendar.
- Round 5: the Spanish Grand Prix will alternate between Circuit de Catalunya and the Valencia Street Circuit (much like the German GP between Nurburgring and Hockenheim), the latter being the previous host of the European Grand Prix. 2013 will see the Circuit de Catalunya be the host, while in 2014 will be held at the Valencia Street Circuit, so on and so forth.
- Round 9: For 2013, the Nurburgring is the scheduled circuit for the German Grand Prix. However, there have been reports of financial troubles for the circuit, so it is still unclear whether the Nurburgring track will be used as the venue or whether Hockenheim could take its place. This is, of course, speculative. Also, the date was moved up a week to July 7.
- Round 10: The FIA has also inserted a date reserved for a new European Grand Prix. With the Valencia Circuit alternating with Circuit de Catalunya as host for the Spanish Grand Prix, the FIA added a new European GP. The venue is still undetermined, however, speculations have cited possibilities such as the A1-Ring in Austria (a circuit owned by current champions Red Bull), the Istanbul Circuit (the home of the cancelled Turkish GP, technically on the 'Asian' side of the country) or perhaps even in France at the Magny-Cours circuit.
Round 1: Australia – Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit, March 17
Round 2: Malaysia – Sepang International Circuit, March 24
Round 3: China – Shanghai Circuit, April 14
Round 4: Bahrain – Sakhir Circuit, April 21
Round 5: Spain – Circuit de Catalunya, May 12*
Round 6: Monaco – Monaco Street Circuit May 26
Round 7: Canada – Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, June 9
Round 8: Great Britain – Silverstone Circuit June 30
Round 9: Germany – Nurburgring Grand Prix, Circuit, July 7**
Round 10: Reserved for another European event, July 21***
Round 11: Hungary – Hungaroring, July 28
2013 Formula One Season Break
Round 12: Belgium – Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, August 25
Round 13: Italy – Autodromo Nazionale Monza, September 8
Round 14: Singapore – Singapore Street Circuit, September 22
Round 15: Korea – Yeongnam Circuit, October 6
Round 16: Japan – Suzuka Circuit, October 13
Round 17: India – Buddh International Circuit, October 27
Round 18: Abu Dhabi – Yas Marina Circuit, November 3
Round 19: USA – Circuit of the Americas, November 17
Round 20: Brazil – Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace, November 24