F1 rules deadline extended to April
The deadline to decide upon the future of F1’s technical regulations from 2017 has been extended, despite outline rules for new and faster cars being approved.
The FIA initially wanted a concrete agreement on changes to cars from 2017 onwards by February 29 but, following meetings with the F1 Strategy Group and F1 Commission in Geneva, that has been extended to April 30.
The FIA approved bodywork changes last week, with cars set to become wider, faster and more aggressive. The main cause for the extension stems from the need to finalise costcutting and supply plans for power units. F1’s four engine makers held lengthy talks over the winter trying to agree on a cap of 12million euro per season, but Bernie Ecclestone is also pushing for all engines to run identical power output.
A statement from the FIA World Motorsport Council said the deadline extension “will allow stakeholders the best opportunity to finalise all work – especially with regard to the power unit regulations focusing on four key areas of cost, obligation to supply, performance convergence and improvement of noise.”