FIA Announces World Motor Sport Council Decisions


FIA Formula One World Championship

Qualifying

The World Motor Sport Council approved the new qualification format, the principles of which were unanimously accepted by the F1 Commission. The new system should be introduced for the first round of the 2016 FIA Formula One World Championship.

The new elimination-style format:

– Q1

  • 16 minutes
  • After 7 minutes, slowest driver eliminated
  • Slowest driver eliminated every 1 minute 30 seconds thereafter until the checkered flag
  • 7 drivers eliminated, 15 progress to Q2

– Q2

  • 15 minutes
  • After 6 minutes, slowest driver eliminated
  • Slowest driver eliminated every 1 minute 30 seconds thereafter until the checkered flag
  • 7 drivers eliminated, 8 progress to Q3

– Q3

  • 14 minutes
  • After 5 minutes, slowest driver eliminated
  • Slowest driver eliminated every 1 minute 30 seconds thereafter until the checkered flag
  • 2 drivers left in final 1 minute 30 seconds

The final elimination in each session occurs at the checkered flag – not when time is up.

The wording of the Sporting Regulations relating to this new qualifying format will be submitted to the F1 Strategy Group and F1 Commission.

2017 Sporting and Technical Regulations

The World Motor Sport Council agreed with the proposal from the F1 Commission to extend the deadline for the completion of 2017 Sporting and Technical Regulations until 30 April, 2016.

This will allow all stakeholders the best opportunity to finalize all relevant work – especially with regard to Power Unit regulations focusing on the four key areas of supply cost, obligation to supply, performance convergence, and further improvement of noise.

The World Motor Sport Council approved the 2017 bodywork regulations proposed by the F1 Commission, and noted that early simulations have indicated an improvement in lap times by approximately 4-5 seconds on most circuits.

Single Seater Commission

The World Motor Sport Council recently acknowledged the large step for drivers wishing to move from National Formula 4 championships to the FIA Formula 3 European Championship.

As such, the FIA will launch calls for Expressions of Interest from potential Promoters/Organizers of an intermediate level single seater championship between National F4 and the FIA F3 European Championship. These championships will be based on a more affordable version of FIA F3 regulations.

FIA Formula 4

Following the global success of the introduction of FIA Formula 4, the World Motor Sport Council recognized the considerable interest in staging a World Final for National-level Formula 4 Championships. Consequently, the FIA will launch a call for Expressions of Interest for potential Promoters/Organizers of an FIA Formula 4 World Final, where successful drivers from the 12 National F4 championships around the world would meet.

FIA Formula E Championship

In accordance with the FIA Formula E Championship Technical Roadmap – the objective of which is for each driver to be able to complete the current race distance with the use of only one car – the Formula E Committee and the Electric and New Energy Championships Commission will proceed with two calls for tender. These are:

1) To identify a single provider for batteries from the fifth season onwards

2) To identify a single chassis supplier for the fifth season onwards.

The applicants will be presented for selection at the next World Motor Sport Council.

FIA World Touring Car Championship

The World Motor Sport Council confirmed the move of the Russian round of the 2016 FIA World Touring Car Championship, from Sochi on 20 March to Moscow Raceway on 12 June. The event at Vila Real in Portugal (featuring both WTCC and ETCC) has been moved from 12 June to the 26 June to accommodate the change.

FIA GT World Cup

Encouraged by the success of the first FIA GT World Cup in Macau last November, the World Motor Sport Council approved the GT Commission’s proposal to return the FIA GT World Cup to the iconic location of Macau on 19-20 November, 2016.

As a result of the confirmation of the second edition of the FIA GT World Cup, the FIA will launch invitations to tender for a single tyre provider and for a single fuel provider for the event.

FIA Rally Commission

Following the approval of a new four-wheel drive car homologation at the September 2015 World Motor Sport Council, the technical regulations for the fixed specification R4-Kit were approved.

The kit, which includes the engine and all its associated components, transmission, axles, the braking and fuel systems, and chassis parts as well as the build and service manuals, is a single FIA-approved set of components that can be fitted to several types of production vehicle to convert it to a four-wheel drive 1.6-liter turbo rally car.

The concept paves the way for potentially more cars and brands to compete in FIA Regional (outside Europe) and National rally championship events at a low cost.

FIA Electric and New Energy Championships Commission

Following the growth of interest in electric karting, the World Motor Sport Council acknowledged the intention of the FIA Electric and New Energy Championships Commission to create an FIA eKarting Cup.

The FIA will launch a call for Expressions of Interest from potential Promoters, single chassis and single electric powertrain suppliers for a future eKarting championship.

UPDATED SUPER LICENCE POINTS SYSTEM

Classification in the annual
overall points standings
1st 2nd 3rd 4nd 5rd 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th
Future FIA F2 Championship 40 40 40 30 20 10 8 6 4 3
GP2 Series 40 40 30 20 10 8 6 4 3 2
FIA F3 European Championship 40 30 20 10 8 6 4 3 2 1
FIA WEC-LMP1 40 30 20 10 8 6 4 3 2 1
Indy Car 40 30 20 10 8 6 4 3 2 1
FR3.5 by Renault 35 25 20 15 10 7 5 3 2 1
GP3 Series 30 20 15 10 7 5 3 2 1 0
Japanese Super Formula 25 20 15 10 7 5 3 2 1 0
FIA WTCC 15 12 10 7 5 3 2 1 0 0
DTM 15 12 10 7 5 3 2 1 0 0
Indy Light 15 12 10 7 5 3 2 1 0 0
National FIA Formula 4 Championships 12 10 7 5 3 2 1 0 0 0
National F3 Championships 10 7 5 3 1 0 0 0 0 0
Formula Renault (EuroCup, ALPS or NEC) 10 7 5 3 1 0 0 0 0 0
CIK-FIA World Championships in Senior Cat. 5 3 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0

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