The World Motor Sport Council met yesterday to ratify some detailed changes to the F1 calendar for 2013 and to the sporting and technical regulations.
The main headline is that the FIA and the commercial rights holder Bernie Ecclestone are keen to insert a 20th race, to fill the gap left by the postponed New Jersey race.
The German Grand Prix will move to July 7th (from 14th July) to make room for a race on July 21st.
The Turkish Istanbul Park race track has confirmed an agreement in principle to host the race, which would fall one week before the Hungarian Grand Prix. However the deal is awaiting Turkish government approval, according to Associated Press. Problems of funding the event have dogged it in the past.
“The date for the 2013 Grand Prix of Germany has been moved to 7 July, and 21 July has been reserved for another F1 European event, subject to the approval of the relevant ASNs,” said the FIA statement. There has been talk of the return of the French Grand Prix, but sources in France say that there is no evidence of funding for this, particularly state or regional government funding.
Other small, but important details include:
- Drag Reduction System (DRS) will no longer be allowed in practice and qualifying sessions, except in the the DRS zone(s) which have been earmarked for use during the race. There were some concerns over safety at some circuits, as cars were close to being out of control at times. This move will add around half a second on average to qualifying lap times, as the DRS was a powerful tool. The benefit will only be felt on the straights now.
- On 2014 Hybrid engines: a new draft of the technical regulations was agreed to keep development costs under control, which will in turn make the cost to the customer teams lower. They are doing this by limiting technology in some areas.
Also they have postponed until 2017 the requirement for cars to be driven exclusively under electric power in the pit lane.
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