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Huge changes for the 2008 F1 season


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For the 2008, 2009 and 2010 seasons, teams will only be allowed to use one engine design, which must be submitted to the FIA for homologation no later than June 1 this year. Subsequent changes will only be permitted with agreement of the FIA and all other engine suppliers.

 

A single tyre supplier will be chosen for the same three-year period. At each race, every team will receive the same tyres - two dry-weather compounds, one wet-weather tyre and one extreme-weather tyre. Tyre warmers will be banned.

 

The two-event engine requirement will remain, but gearboxes will have to last four Grands Prix. Unscheduled changes of either item will lead to a 15kg weight penalty for the car concerned. This will replace the existing system of ten-place grid penalties. Spare cars will be banned.

 

Testing outside races will be limited to 30,000 km per year. At races, parc ferme conditions will be extended to run from 18.30 on Friday evening until the start of the race. Currently, cars do not enter parc ferme conditions until after qualifying.

 

New teams will no longer be required to lodge the US$48 million deposit currently needed to join the series. Instead they must pay a ?300,000 entry fee. There will be more scope for the use of customer components between teams, but major car manufacturers will not be able to supply engines to more than two teams without the permission of the FIA.

 

The maximum permitted length of the Formula One calendar will grow to 20 races. The longest season to date has been 19.

 

http://www.formula1.com/news/4146.html

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I hate pretty much all of these new rules. I like the new entry fee which might allow for a few smaller companies to try and run cars, but some of it is crap. Nice to see the calendar will be extended though. I can't believe the rules about the tires, engine, and gearboxes though. Pretty ridiculous.

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I hate pretty much all of these new rules. I like the new entry fee which might allow for a few smaller companies to try and run cars, but some of it is crap. Nice to see the calendar will be extended though. I can't believe the rules about the tires, engine, and gearboxes though. Pretty ridiculous.

 

The entry fees which will encourage a lot of smaller teams to run, IMO will just cause the track to be cluttered up with more Minardi type teams.

 

at least they allow you to change tyres this year

 

 

last year it got kinda bad

 

This year has been a great season so far, it's funny though. The FIA required teams to go from V10 to V8 engines this season to "save money" and the end result was teams spending a collective $3 billion dollars on research, development, and engineering for the new V8's which are even quicker than the V10's last season :lol .

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