FIA and teams delay aero rules revamp

Posted: September 19, 2006 by Neeraj in aerodynamics, Engines, FIA, Formula-One

As reported on

Formula One teams and the FIA have agreed to delay the introduction of new aerodynamic regulations to help overtaking, at a meeting in Paris today …. one of the major discussion points was the FIA’s plans for a Centreline Downwash Generating (CDG) Wing, which had been penciled in for introduction from the start of 2008 … However, with both parties agreeing that more work was needed to finalise a design both parties were happy with, it was agreed that it would be better to delay the introduction of a new concept until 2009.

The teams also approved plans to introduce engine homologation next season, despite a push from some manufacturers in recent weeks to free up engine development … The statement said: “The homologated engine to be that used at the 2006 Japanese Grand Prix, subject to retuning for a maximum of 19,000 rpm. Full details of the retuning to be submitted to the FIA no later than December 15, 2006, and the definitive engine to be delivered by March 1, 2007.”

The teams have also agreed that testing restrictions based on distance covered rather than days will come into force next year. The plan is to adopt the 30,000kms limit laid down in the 2008 sporting regulations from 2007.

Finally some sense comes into FIA [read Mad Max] regarding aerodynamic changes.

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