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FOTA Announce Changes They Want

FOTA, The formula one teams association have announced a series of changes they wish to see in Formula One, and want the FIA to accept.

FOTA is a conglomorate of all of the teams bosses, chaired by Luca di Montezemolo the CEO of Ferrari.  Their aim is to work with the fans in getting their desired changes across to the FIA who people believe just change things without consulting anyone.

This is the first major report published by the group formed in 2008.

Its changes are as follows:

FOR 2009:

  • Eight engines per driver per season (100% mileage increase)
  • 8million Euro customer engine availability
  • Reduction in Wind-Tunnel useage
  • Revised points system – 12,9,7,5,4,3,2,1
  • Public data availability of strategy
  • Test reduction
  • Improve global F1 coverage
  • Investigate new media formats
  • Get the racing closer to the fans

The points system change is a big one.  It was one of the biggest complaints found in the public survey that the winner of the most races did not win the championship in 2008, Massa won one more race than Hamilton yet Hamilton’s habit of second place finishes meant he won the title.

“Audiences desire greater championship recognition for race winners and our proposal is to offer greater rewards for the race winner,” McLaren boss Martin Whitmarsh said at the proposal announcements.

Meanwhile desired changes for 2010 are:

  • 5 million euro engine, 1.5million euro gearboxes available for customers
  • Standardised KERS, with one producer at around 2 million euro cost
  • Lowered amount of homoglations allowed to reduce costs
  • Standardised telemetary and radio systems
  • New qualifying format
  • Points for things outside of race place finishes (Fastest pitstop, fastest lap)
  • Reduction of GP length to 250km
  • Further testing restrictions

All of this is pending the approval of the FIA, but things are looking good.  The refuelling ban and the testing bans make me a little upset, the test ban alongside the wind tunnel reduction makes me fear that F1 will no longer be at the pinnacle of technological advancement.  Who knows, things come aronud, FOTA said they would never ban tyre changes as that is ridiculous…hang on a minute thats exactly what happened in 2005!

Luca Di Montezemolo also announced that a new Concorde agreement was on track to be signed.

“I haven’t got any written confirmation from all the teams or all the car manufacturers,” said di Montezemolo during a FOTA press conference on Thursday, “but as you know I have a lot of contact with my colleagues, and I am talking now as the chairman of Fiat, and I want to say that all the car manufacturers are prepared to enter and commit into a new Concorde Agreement until the end of 2012.

“All the actual teams and all the car manufacturers,” added the Ferrari chief, who is hopeful the new agreement will be signed before the start of the season.

“We are now in the process, our discussions with the legal department of FOM (are ongoing) to solve the latest problems and we hope and we think that we can be in condition to sign the Concorde Agreement before the start of the season and anyway, anyway we hope before March 18,” he said.

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One response

  1. dmanjones

    Great article. This blog rocks man!

    March 6, 2009 at 3:49 am

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