2004 Technical Regulations
2004 Formula 1 Regulations
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The following regulations were applied to the 2004 Formula 1 Season:
Single Engine Rule:
Each driver would use one engine for the entire race weekend (ie fitted fresh for Friday) and that use of a further engine would result in losing ten places on the grid.
Automatic Gearboxes and Launch Control banned but Traction Control will be allowed:
The teams unanimously agreed to a complete ban on automatic gearboxes and launch control for 2004 The teams were able to demonstrate that the elimination of traction control would involve very significant additional costs for all teams and engine manufacturers. The teams therefore unanimously requested the FIA not to proceed with a ban on traction control for 2004. The FIA agreed on the clear understanding that this would enable the engine manufacturers to supply the independent teams with engines at a fully affordable cost having regard to the current business climate. The FIA agreed that, provided engines are supplied on this basis, these arrangements will remain in place indefinitely
Pit to Car telemetry remains banned but Car to Pit telemetry will be allowed:
Although pit-to-car telemetry remains banned, the teams unanimously requested the FIA to withdraw its opposition to car-to-pit telemetry. They were able to show that the benefits outweighed the costs. The FIA agreed.
Only two upper rear wing elements will be permitted in 2004 and 2005.
Teams will continue to use their own radio systems in 2004 and beyond, provided:
All the above regulations reference FIA press release 2/5/2003
During both sessions all teams, other than those who finished in the top four positions of the previous year’s World Championship for Constructors, will be permitted to run a third car provided any driver of this car:
If one of the team’s nominated drivers is deemed unable to drive at some stage after the end initial scrutineering, and the stewards agree to a change of driver, the driver of a third car may take part in the remainder of the Event. Under such circumstances a driver who started the Event as a “third” driver would have to continue with the same engine for the remainder of the Event.
The requirements of Article 60 concerning car livery will not apply to the third car being used during these two sessions but will apply should this car be used as the team’s spare car during the remainder of the event.
*Proposed change: Qualifying Part 1 starts at 13:00 and Part 2 starts at 14:00 ... Story
Tyre use and allocation
Each driver will be allocated three sets of dry-weather tyres for use on Friday, these may not be used at any other time during the Event. No tyres from the remaining seven sets may be used on Friday.
The choice of dry-weather tyre for qualifying and race must be made by 09.00 on Saturday (either specification of tyre may be used for the free practice sessions on Saturday). However, if both Friday sessions are declared wet this choice may be postponed until 13.00 on Saturday.
The number of wet-weather tyres available to each driver during the Event will remain the same at twenty-eight, fourteen front and fourteen rear.
Extreme weather tyres will continue to be permitted but, as now, may only be used when authorised.
Parc fermé procedures
Number of drivers per car
lane speed limit