F1 Strategy Group announce proposed changes for 2016 and 2017


The Formula One Strategy Group, FOM, the FIA and also representatives of the current engine manufacturers in the sport have met in Biggin Hill, England to debate and discuss improving the ‘show’ aspect that the sport provides to its global television audience and its fans going into the 2016 and 2017 season.

The meeting was intended to secure the future of the championship as all parties agreed to work together with an intention to firm up these proposals and submit them to the approval of the F1 Commission and the World Motor Sport Council of the FIA as soon as possible for implementation into the Sporting Regulations.

An initial series of measures has been agreed and initially approved by all who attended the meeting yesterday for the next two seasons of the sport.

For the 2016 season, the group agreed and initially approved the following below :-

  • Free choice of the two dry tyre compounds (out of four) that each team can use during the race weekend

For the 2017 season, the group agreed and initially approved the following below:-

  • Faster cars: 5 to 6 seconds drop in lap times through aerodynamic rules evolution, wider tyres and reduction of car weight
  • Reintroduction of refuelling (maintaining a maximum race fuel allowance)
  • Higher revving engines and increased noise
  • More aggressive looks

At the meeting a few other measures were discussed, but in order for these to be implemented; they will need to take some time to make sure that these options are investigated fully and are viable for the sports progression in future seasons to be written in the regulations:-

  • A global reflection on race weekend format
  • Measures to make starts only activated by the driver without any outside assistance

The Strategy Group member Teams have committed to re-edit this in the next few weeks by consulting  with the other teams involved in the championship. On the engine side, it has been decided by everyone that stability of the rules should prevail in consideration of how much each current engine manufacturer brings to the sport and also its financial budget too; while also looking to increase the path to more manufacturers entering the sport also.

The allowance for a 5th engine to be used during the 2015 season has been rejected by the group.