FIA announces World Motor Sport Council decisions

FIA announces World Motor Sport Council decisions

02.12.2015: The FIA held its latest World Motor Sport Council meeting today December 2nd, in Paris.

The FIA held its latest World Motor Sport Council meeting today, December 2nd in Paris.




During the Council meeting, the following decisions were taken:



FIA Formula One World Championship



The World Motor Sport Council approved, by a near unanimous number (just one vote against), a mandate for the FIA President, Jean Todt and the Representative of the Commercial Rights Holder, Bernie Ecclestone to make recommendations and decisions regarding a number of pressing issues in Formula One such as governance, Power Units and cost reduction. Mr Todt and Mr Ecclestone expressed their intention to establish conclusions on these matters by 31 January, 2016.


The World Motor Sport Council also approved a number of changes to the F1 Technical and Sporting Regulations.


Technical



The number of power unit tokens allowed for in-season development will be allocated as follows over the coming seasons:


-        2016 – 32
-        2017 – 25
-        2018 – 20
-        2019 – 15



Any new Power Unit manufacturer will be allocated 15 tokens in their first year, and 32 in their second.


The padded areas around the driver’s head have been increased in thickness for improved safety.


Sporting



Changes have been approved by the World Motor Sport Council in regard to the way that tyres are used by teams in order to encourage differing race strategies in 2016. These include:


-        The tyre supplier will now provide three dry-weather compounds instead of two


-        Of the 13 sets of dry tyres available to each driver, the tyre supplier will choose two for the race (only one of which must be used in the race), and one set (the softest available) that may only be used in Q3. Each driver may then choose their remaining ten sets from the three available compounds


-        Unless intermediate or wet-weather tyres have been used, a driver must use at least two different specifications of dry-weather tyres – at least one of these must be the one chosen by the tyre supplier.


In the event of a Virtual Safety Car (VSC), DRS will now be re-enabled immediately after the VSC period. Furthermore, the VSC may also be used in practice sessions to reduce the amount of time lost during a stoppage.


Power Units homologated in previous seasons may now be re-homologated. Previously no manufacturer could supply more than one specification of PU. The World Motor Sport Council was also advised that the FIA had agreed for Ferrari to supply a fourth customer team with a 2015-specification Power Unit in 2016.


The maximum number of Championship events in a season has been increased to 21 (from 20).



 The calendar for the 2016 FIA Formula One World Championship has been confirmed:


20 March    Melbourne    Australia
3 April    Bahrain    Bahrain
17 April    Shanghai    China
1 May    Sochi    Russia
15 May    Barcelona    Spain
29 May    Monte Carlo    Monaco
12 June    Montreal    Canada
19 June    Baku    Azerbaijan*
3 July    Spielberg    Austria
10 July    Silverstone    United Kingdom
24 July    Budapest    Hungary
31 July    Hockenheim    Germany
28 August    Spa-Francorchamps    Belgium
4 September    Monza    Italy
18 September    Singapore    Singapore
2 October    Sepang    Malaysia
9 October    Suzuka    Japan
23 October    Austin    USA**
30 October    Mexico City    Mexico
13 November    Sao Paolo    Brazil
27 November    Abu Dhabi    United Arab Emirates


*race start to be scheduled to avoid conflict with the conclusion of the 24 Hours of Le Mans
**subject to agreement with the promoter and the ASN






FIA Formula 2 Championship


The World Motor Sport Council gave a mandate to the President to formalise the contract between the FIA and the GP2 promoter for the establishment of the FIA Formula 2 Championship to complete the FIA’s single-seater pyramid from Karting to Formula One.


FIA Formula 3 European Championship


The 2016 FIA Formula 3 European Championship calendar was approved by the World Motor Sport Council:


3 April    Paul Ricard    France
24 April    Hungaroring    Hungary
15 April    Pau    France
22 May    Spielberg    Austria
26 June    Norisring    Germany
17 July    Zandvoort    Netherlands
30 July    Spa-Francorchamps    Belgium*
11 September    Nurburgring    Germany
2 October    Imola    Italy
16 October    Hockenheim    Germany


*subject to contractual agreement with the promoter


In order to further stabilise the current F3 market, keep costs under control and allow regional F3 projects to grow, the lifetime of the current F3 chassis is extended until the end of 2019. A safety update kit will be introduced in 2017 or 2018. Details of the safety updates carried out will be submitted to the June 2016 WMSC.


The World Motor Sport Council also accepted the Single-Seater Commission’s recommendation to emphasise the importance of developing Regional Formula 3 championships around the world. This is designed to promote the progression of young drivers into FIA championships once they are ready to graduate from their National F4 championships – at the end of the 2016 season, there will be 300 Formula 4 drivers and the focus for the FIA is to ensure that these drivers have somewhere to go.




FIA Formula E Championship



The World Motor Sport Council confirmed Mexico City on this season’s Formula E calendar, with an event scheduled for 12 March.



FIA World Endurance Championship



The World Motor Sport Council approved technical measures proposed by the Endurance Commission to make the FIA World Endurance Championship more appealing for new manufacturers to enter in the LMP1 category. These include regulations around ICEs, hybrid systems, aerodynamics, wind tunnel use and track test limitations.


The proposed calendar for the 2016 FIA World Endurance Championship was approved:

17 April    6 Hours of Silverstone    Great Britain
7 May    6 Hours of Spa    Belgium
18/19 June    24 Hours of Le Mans    France
24 July    6 Hours of Nurburgring    Germany
4 September    6 Hours of Mexico City    Mexico
17 September    6 Hours of Circuit of the Americas    USA
16 October    6 Hours of Fuji    Japan
6 November    6 Hours of Shanghai    China
19 November    6 Hours of Bahrain    Bahrain


*subject to contractual agreement with the promoter


To continue the improvement of the safety of GT cars, the installation of racing nets homologated to FIA standard 8863-2013 will be mandatory in LMGTE cars to restrict the range of movement of a driver in the case of an accident. This measure has already been applied to GT3 cars.




FIA World Touring Car Championship



The World Motor Sport Council confirmed the introduction of the Manufacturers Against the Clock (MAC3) time-trial concept to the 2016 WTCC after qualifying at each race weekend that will contribute to the Manufacturers’ Championship.


For this, each manufacturer will nominate three cars to participate in a two-lap “qualifying” run – the time will be stopped when the last car has crossed the finish line. Drivers participating in MAC3 will receive an extra set of tyres for the session.


The WTCC’s partial reverse grid race will now be Race 1 of the weekend from 2016 (it had been the second final race).


The provisional 2016 World Touring Car Championship calendar was approved by the World Motor Sport Council:


20 March    TBD    TBD
3 April    Paul Ricard    France
17 April    Slovakiaring    Slovakia
24 April    Hungaroring    Hungary
8 May    Marrakech    Morocco
29 May    Nordschleife    Germany
12 June    Vila Real    Portugal
7 August    Termas de Rio Hondo    Argentina
4 September    Motegi    Japan
25 September    Shanghai    China
6 November    Buriram    Thailand
25 November    Losail    Qatar



CIK-FIA Karting


The World Motor Sport Council confirmed the introduction of single-cylinder engines in the Superkart category for Division 1 to reduce costs for competitors.


The establishment of a CIK-FIA Endurance Championship was approved for 2016, comprising a 24-hour race on 17-18 September at Le Mans, organised by the ACO.



FIA World Rally Championship



From 2016, WRC Organisers will be obliged to undertake the environmental certification process provided by the FIA before the event visa is delivered.


The 2016 WRC calendar was also confirmed:

22-24 January    Monte Carlo
12-14 February    Sweden
4-6 March    Mexico
22-24 April    Argentina
20-22 May    Portugal
10-12 June    Italy
1-3 July    Poland
29-31 July    Finland
19-21 August    Germany
9-11 September    China
30 September – 2 October    France
14-16 October    Spain
28-30 October    Great Britain
18-20 November    Australia


FIA World Rallycross Championship


The World Motor Sport Council approved the 2016 FIA World Rallycross Championship calendar:


16-17 April    Montalegre    Portugal
7-8 May    Hockenheim    Germany
14-15 May    Mettet    Belgium
28-29 May    Lydden Hill    Great Britain
11-12 June    Hell    Norway
2-3 July    Holjes    Sweden
6-7 August    Trois-Rivieres    Canada
3-4 September    Loheac    France
17-18 September    Barcelona    Spain
1-2 October    Riga    Latvia
15-16 October    Estering    Germany
26-27 October    Rosario    Argentina


FIA European Rallycross Championship competitors will now be separated from World RX drivers in Supercar qualifying heats.



FIA Rally Commission



The World Motor Sport Council approved the implementation of a one-hour penalty for any missed stage except for super special stages, where a seven-minute penalty will apply. This is to ensure that competitors running in all stages will always be classified of those that miss a stage.


The format of the FIA European Rally Trophy (ERT) has been amended with the main category being for R5/S2000 cars, ERT 2 for NR4 cars, ERT 3 for two-wheel drive cars, and a Junior Trophy for drivers born on or after 1 January 1989. The ERT will be organised in eight European area trophy competitions.


The three highest scoring competitors in each area, and category, will compete in a Final that will be hosted by a different country each year. The winners of the Trophy Finals will be the winners of their respective ERT category.




FIA Hill Climb Commission



All FIA-sanctioned Hill Climb Championships have been reviewed and restructured, while the date for the FIA Hill Climb Masters was confirmed as 8-9 October, 2016 at Sternberk in the Czech Republic.



FIA Safety Commission



A new FIA Safety Harnesses Standard was approved which offers several improvements in relation to the current FIA Standard. The new harnesses will give protection to drivers during much severe crashes.


 The crash pulse severity is increased from 30 g to more than 60 g. The new standard will be implemented as from 1.1.2017 in Formula One, WEC, WRC and WTCC and then cascade down to all the FIA championships.


The World Motor Sport Council also approved the creation of a specification for extractable seats to be used in open cockpit cars. These are already used to some degree, however there are some cases where the seats do not meet the FIA specification.



FIA Drivers’ Commission



Emerson Fittipaldi, President of the Drivers’ Commission and two-time FIA Formula One World Champion has stepped down from the presidency to the position of Vice-President.


Nine-time 24 Hours of Le Mans winner, Tom Kristensen will assume the role of President of the FIA Drivers’ Commission.





FIA European Drag Racing Championship


The World Motor Sport Council approved the addition of the final round of the championship in Malta at the Malta Drag Raceway from 30 September to 2 October.



FIA Hall of Fame



The World Motor Sport Council approved the establishment of an FIA Hall of Fame, which will be launched at the 2016 FIA Sport Conference next June.



- FIA -  Paris, December 2nd 2015

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