The year 2015 will be a landmark for Formula 1 as many new regulations are coming into play, including the new rule that the final race of the year will be worth double points. This is an attempt to gain even more interest into Formula 1 and the Grand Prix’s as a double point finale will make the race for the Drivers Championship an even more exciting finish.
Looking over the past decade, the new rule for the finale being double points would have made Fernando Alonso champion in 2012 instead of Vettel, Felipe Massa would have beaten Lewis Hamilton for the Championship in 2008, and in 2003 Kimi Raikkonen would have edged out Michael Schumacher.
Whilst the double points is the regulation change that has captured the headlines and the one everyone is talking about, there are also other major changes, including and introduction of a cost cap. A Pirelli tyre test has been approved, with the first one taking place at the end of the year in Bahrain from 17th-19th December 2013; the teams accepted so far are Red Bull Racing, Mercedes, Ferrari, McLaren, Force India and Toro Rosso. Other new regulations include the drivers being able to choose their own number for their career and a 5 second penalty for minor offences on the track.
Nevertheless, the two new main Formula 1 regulation changes are certainly the double points on the final race and the introduction of a cost cap. The Formula 1 governing body, the FIA commented on the new cost cap, “The principle of a global cost cap has been adopted. The limit will be applied from January 2015. A working group will be established within the coming days comprising the FIA, representatives of the commercial rights holder and team representatives. The objective of the working group will be to have regulations approved by the end of June 2014.”
Author Daniel Foster.
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