The meeting of the F1 Strategy Group and the F1 Commission were yesterday held in Geneva, with “a number of constructive proposals” being agreed. The big change in the immediate future is the qualifying format, which is as revealed yesterday. The new system will be evaluated for introduction “potentially as soon as the beginning of the 2016 season”.
There will be a new Driver of the Day award, with viewers being encouraged to vote online during each Grand Prix with the announcement being made after the race and a prize being presented. This is similar to many other Player of the Game style awards that are widespread in other sports.
The decisions about 2017 sporting and technical regulations have been delayed until the end of April. There are proposals for new bodywork, with more downforce, to increase speeds and lower lap times. Whether this will help overtaking remains to be seen. The proposals include wider cars, front tyres going from 245mm to 305mm, rear tyres from 325mm to 405mm, track from 1800mm to 2000mm, wider front wings from 1650mm to 1800mm, rear wings from 750mm to 950mm, but lower, 800mm high rather than 950mm, plus bigger diffusers, starting further forward, to create more ground-effect and an increase in weight by 20kg to 722kgs. The underfloors will also be changed.
In relation to engines, progress was made with regard to engine supply costs, the obligation to supply, performance convergence and further improvement in noise. The goal is to have agreements by the end of April. The Commission also confirmed that it intends to introduce cockpit protection in 2017, the “halo” concept being the favoured option at the moment.