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F1 engage fans lovely evening of Tech Talk hearing Ross Brawn and Mario Isola Head of Car Racing share tyres and future of sport @pirellisport #singaporegp #bestfans @F1nightrace @F1 pic.twitter.com/3EEunuPQNC
— Lynn Smith (@Shazzeraz) September 12, 2018
Formula 1’s proposals at a glance
Key strategic initiatives:
Power units (PU)
• The PU must be cheaper, simpler, louder, have more power and reduce the necessity of grid penalties.
• It must remain road relevant, hybrid and allow manufacturers to build unique and original PU.
• New PU rules must be attractive for new entrants and Customer teams must have access to equivalent performance.
• We believe how you spend the money must be more decisive and important than how much money you spend.
• While there will be some standardised elements, car differentiation must remain a core value
• Implement a cost cap that maintains Formula 1 position as the pinnacle of motorsport with a state-of-the-art technology.
• The new revenue distribution criteria must be more balanced, based on meritocracy of the current performance and reward success for the teams and the Commercial Rights Holder.
• F1’s unique, historical franchise and value must and will still be recognised.
• Revenue support to both cars and engine suppliers.
Sporting and technical rules & regulations
• We must make cars more raceable to increase overtaking opportunities.
• Engineering technology must remain a cornerstone but driver’s skill must be the predominant factor in the performance of the car.
• The cars must and will remain different from each other and maintain performance differentiators like aerodynamics, suspensions and PU performance. However, we believe areas not relevant to fans need to be standardised.
• A simple and streamline structure between the teams, the FIA and Formula 1.
TJ13 Comment: It is clear that this is purely an aesthetic concept and holds very little in engineering reality. In many ways it seems FIA and FOM (Liberty Media) are borrowing from an existing concept drafted by Antonio Paglia.
To ensure he retains the F1 seat at Haas, Romain Grosjean has to continue to perform well, says team principal Gunther Steiner, indicating the seat is not a done deal.
At the Italian Grand Prix, Grosjean finished sixth but got disqualified due to a technicality.
Speaking of the incident, Steiner said: “Obviously, races like this: this is what Romain does normally.
“What we need to get from him is to keep it at that level and not going up and down, the fluctuation. You always get fluctuation, but it is just how much you can fluctuate. I think he is doing pretty good at the moment…..”
Appeal hearing in Grosjeans Monza disqualification case scheduled for Nov 1st. Haas states that rules in that tea tray area allow different interpretations.
— Tobi Grüner 🏁 (@tgruener) September 13, 2018
Schumacher appears to have enjoyed a breakthrough moment and his sudden performance surge has put him in contention for the title with six races to go.
However, reports of his possible graduation to F1 next season with Toro Rosso are greatly exaggerated said Red Bull motorsport boss Helmut Marko.
“Mick is not on our list,” the Austrian told Germany’s Auto Bild.
“We do not have any contact with him at all.”
Ekstra Bladet newspaper says that Haas’s 2019 option on Magnussen expires at the end of September, but confirmation of the deal could be announced in Singapore or shortly afterwards.
“It does actually bring to mind this suggestion that FOM have made to change the points table, Lowe told Motorsport.com.
“I believe it was received quite positively. I think with the sport has developed now, the points system feels a little bit lopsided.
“Points for the top 15 or all 20 would be good.”