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2012 Rule Changes
12-07-2011, 10:51 AM (This post was last modified: 12-07-2011 10:55 AM by Yaaay.)
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2012 Rule Changes
The FIA World Motor Sport Council has announced some changes to the 2012 Technical Regulations, which will see the exhaust tailpipes being “strictly regulated in order to ensure that the aerodynamic effect exhaust gases have on the car is kept to an absolute minimum”. The cars will also have better marking of in-car emergency switches operated by marshals and the side impact structures will be subjected to a tougher test.

There are also changes to the Sporting Regulations with cars no longer allowed to take part in pre-season testing without having passed all the necessary crash tests. There will now be a maximum race time of four hours to ensure that a lengthy suspension of a race does not result in a race that could run up to eight hours if left unregulated. The Safety Car rules have been modified again so that all lapped cars will be allowed to unlap themselves and then join the back of the pack, before the Safety Car pulls off the track, ensuring a clean re-start without slower cars impeding those racing for the leading positions. Cars that are in the pit lane when a race is suspended will now be allowed to re-join the cars on the grid in the position they were in when the race was suspended. Drivers may no longer leave the track without a justifiable reason, i.e. cutting a chicane on a reconnaissance laps or on an IN laps to save time and fuel. Drivers may no longer move back onto the racing line having moved off it to defend a position.

The FIA has agreed to allow one three-day test during the season, previously there were none and all tyres allocated to a driver may now be used on the first day of practice; formerly only three sets were permitted.

After a full review of the FIA Commissions, all the Presidents have been confirmed, with the exception of the Single-Seater Commission where, due to personal reasons, Barry Bland has stepped down. Gerhard Berger has been appointed as the new President of the Single-Seater Commission, which deals with non-F1 racing series.

The 2012 F1 calendar is confirmed and the FIA has underlined its desire to have Bahrain on a number of its calendars, with the announcement of a CIK-FIA U-18 World Championship and CIK-FIA Academy Trophy event at the track on November 1-3. Bahrain is also included in the new World Endurance Championship.

The federation has also announced a new Formula E Championship to begin in 2013. The Electric and New Energy Championships Commission has been working to develop the idea of an electric vehicle series. There have been two expressions of interest: one for the promotion of the series; and one for the right to manufacture cars.

The Council also discussed the recent developments involving the World Rally Championship promoter, North One Sport, and its parent company, CSI, which has gone into administration. The federation agreed to the takeover of North One by CSI and so has been somewhat embarrassed by developments. The FIA says that it is “committed to ensuring the long-term commercial future of the championship and will make every endeavour to provide for its future stability. The FIA is working on an immediate plan to ensure the fundamental sporting and safety elements will be in place for the start of the 2012 season”.
Cars that are in the pit lane when a race is suspended will now be allowed to re-join the cars on the grid in the position they were in when the race was suspended.

How is that going to work? The position they are when the race is suspended is in the pit lane.

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12-07-2011, 11:49 AM
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You can still be in 5th and be in the pit lane if your stop falls when the race is suspended, but I would have thought that happened anyway. Maybe this is just a clarification as it wasn't written down anywhere before.

I liked the backmarkers being mixed in with the front runners on a re-start, getting past them was part of the challenge on the re-start.
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12-07-2011, 01:37 PM
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So if a car just entered the pit lane when the race is suspended and is in P1 just because it is the last to pit (like Massa in Brazil), that car gets to keep P1 with a free stop? Hardly seems fair.

Same with the backmarkers at a restart. The guy in front had to overtake/lap them on the road, why should those behind him get what is in the end a free pass?
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12-07-2011, 02:47 PM
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(12-07-2011 10:51 AM)Yaaay Wrote:  Drivers may no longer move back onto the racing line having moved off it to defend a position.

wooo! this totally makes up for the completely unfair unlapping rule.
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12-07-2011, 04:50 PM
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(12-07-2011 02:47 PM)frankdouglason Wrote:  
(12-07-2011 10:51 AM)Yaaay Wrote:  Drivers may no longer move back onto the racing line having moved off it to defend a position.

wooo! this totally makes up for the completely unfair unlapping rule.

This is not clear either. If you are heading for a left hander, line is on the right, you move left to defend and stay there, eventually you will come back to the racing line as it crossed from right to the left apex. This is where the crash will happen.

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12-07-2011, 05:23 PM
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it's completely clear. the driver can't move back onto the racing line; he must wait for the racing line to come back to him at the apex.

the rule requiring all drivers to not push each other off the track still holds, so that keeps the attacker from shoving the defender off the inside at the apex and the defender from shoving off the attacker on exit.
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12-07-2011, 05:35 PM
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(12-07-2011 01:37 PM)InterRaptor Wrote:  So if a car just entered the pit lane when the race is suspended and is in P1 just because it is the last to pit (like Massa in Brazil), that car gets to keep P1 with a free stop? Hardly seems fair.


I agree that the pit lane rule seems a little unfair, it also my leave somethings open for debate. Lets say Massa for example enters pit lane in first and Vettel and Webber pass him so he is now in third and then there is a safety car I can imagine some teams might argue that he should come out in 1st not 3rd. Because you would have to find out exactly when the safety car was deployed wouldn't you?

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12-07-2011, 05:56 PM
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i don't think they'd release the safety car as the leaders were barreling down the front straight. that seems unsafe. don't they usually wait for a little gap so the safety car doesn't get rear-ended?
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12-07-2011, 06:23 PM
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It's about race suspension, not safety car.

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12-07-2011, 06:31 PM
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"all lapped cars will be allowed to unlap themselves and then join the back of the pack, before the Safety Car pulls off the track, ensuring a clean re-start without slower cars impeding those racing for the leading positions."

Why the hell have we gone back to this again? It often takes b-ages for them to sort themselves out...

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12-08-2011, 02:23 PM
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(12-07-2011 05:23 PM)frankdouglason Wrote:  it's completely clear. the driver can't move back onto the racing line; he must wait for the racing line to come back to him at the apex.

the rule requiring all drivers to not push each other off the track still holds, so that keeps the attacker from shoving the defender off the inside at the apex and the defender from shoving off the attacker on exit.

You will still get some issues where the the cars touch as the defending driver comes back to the line mid-corner, but it should stop what is effectively 2 blocks being called 1. I don't think any amount of rule making will keep Hamilton & Massa apart.
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12-08-2011, 03:10 PM
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"back" is the key word. "back" makes it completely clear. they can't move back to the racing line, but can more forward to it.
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12-08-2011, 03:20 PM
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(12-08-2011 03:10 PM)frankdouglason Wrote:  "back" is the key word. "back" makes it completely clear. they can't move back to the racing line, but can more forward to it.

Isn't that a given unless they are mid-accident? Wink

I know what you mean, they can only return to the racing line as it occurs naturally when they proceed through the next corner after the block.

I'll assume Hammy's "trying to break the tow" on Petrov in 2010 constitutes a block still Smile
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