WMSC confirms 2018 F1 calendar, amends penalty rule among other changes
The World Motor Sport Council on Wednesday took several decisions regarding Formula 1, including confirming the 2018 calendar. The FIA released details of the key meet in Paris during its annual General Assembly.
The calendar for the new season stays the same as per the last release, with the 21-race season starting in Australia, during the March 23-25 weekend and ending exactly in eight month's time in Abu Dhabi, during the November 23-25 weekend.
The WMSC also ratified the grid penalty rule, especially with the decision to stay with three power unit per driver. The new rule will see the driver receiving a penalty of more than 15 places, he will automatically be sent to start from the back of the grid.
The FIA note states: "A change to the power unit penalty system was also approved, whereby if a driver incurs a penalty exceeding 15 grid places he will be required to start the race from the back of the starting grid.
"If more than one driver receives such a penalty they will be arranged at the back of the grid in the order in which the offences were committed."
Meanwhile, with Liberty Media wanting to make a F1 event a spectacle for the fans, interestingly, the timetable of the race weekend will be made flexible to accommodate potentially other programmes.
In some technical changes, the rule regarding oil not to be used as fuel has been passed, with teams needing to specify the details of the oil used. Plus, with the introduction of Halo on the cars, the mirrors as well as the several camera positions will be altered.
Other amendments in points:
- Regulations relating to procedures for starting or resuming a race behind the safety car
- Changing the event timetable to increase flexibility
- Ensuring that testing of previous cars may only take place on tracks currently holding an FIA Grade 1 or 1T licence
- Provision for demonstration events in previous cars which does not constitute testing. No such demonstrations may exceed 50km in length and only tyres manufactured specifically for this purpose by the appointed supplier may be used
- Changes to ensure that oil cannot be used as fuel
- Introduction of a detailed specification for oil
- A minimum weight and volume for energy storage (batteries)
- Changes to position of cameras and wing mirrors to accommodate the Halo
The WMSC also discussed on the security issues concerning Brazilian GP, which posed a great hindrance in this year's event. With safety paramount for the teams, fans, media and even the officials within F1 and FIA, the council has pushed the race promoters to adhere to the recommendations made for next year's event.
The FIA note said: "The World Council was presented with the report on the security incidents that occurred at this year’s Brazilian Grand Prix which was requested from the Commercial Rights Holder (CRH) by the FIA.
"Following the report, the CRH recommended that the promoter, who is responsible for the security of the event, retains an independent security expert to evaluate and advise on security plans, implements a police reporting hub at the circuit and improves overall communication between the promoter security, police and F1 stakeholders.
"The World Council strongly urged the promoter to implement these recommendations and improve the situation ahead of next year’s event. The FIA will offer to participate in discussions with the local authorities and closely monitor the situation."
The WMSC will meet again on March 9 in Geneva. Details from last meet: