Your thoughts on the Formula 1 regulation changes- Have Your Say
14 - 30 October 2002
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The FIA issued a statement confirming that the Belgian Grand Prix is
excluded next season due to the tobacco ban but could be included in 2004 if
Belgium allows the event to run with tobacco sponsorship until the end of the
2006 - the date set for a world-wide ban on tobacco sponsorship.
Full Press release from the FIA
28-Oct: The FIA announced today a number of changes to the Formula 1 regulations. None of the radical approaches were adopted (like adding ballast to the faster cars) but the Qualifying format has changed as well as expanding the points system to cover the top 8. Team orders will be prohibited but it isn't clear how they will be policed. Additionally, the FIA decided to drop the Belgian GP from the Calender.
Here are the changes in full:
The FIA Formula One Commission met in London today (October 28th, 2002) and decided on the following regulation changes:
This will remain Friday: 11.00 to 12.00 and Saturday: 09.00 to 09.45 and 10.15 to 11.00 (with qualifying from 13.00 to 14.00 both days, as above).
Provided that by 15 December, at least three teams undertake to the FIA not to run more than 10 car-days of private testing between 1 March and 1 November, the teams which have given this undertaking will be able to test at each Event from 09.00 to 11.00 on Friday and may use their spare car and their test driver during this period.
World Championship points
From 2003 points will be awarded down to 8th place on the
Team orders which interfere with the race result are prohibited.
In the absence of unanimous agreement by the teams to run at the 2003 Belgian Grand Prix without tobacco advertising, this event has been removed from the World Championship calendar.
Each team will be allowed to use two different dry tyres at each Event, (previously each tyre company could supply only the same two dry tyres to each of its teams). Teams will continue to be limited to 10 sets of dry tyres per Event. Only one type of wet tyre to be used per Event.
Full Press release from the FIA
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24-Oct: China and Bahrain are expected to be added to the 2004 Formula 1 Calender after both countries reached agreements with Formula 1.
Bahrain's Crown Prince Sheikh Salman bin Hamad al-Khalifa
announced that he signed a long term agreement with Formula 1 starting from
Meanwhile Formula 1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone has signed a 6
year contract with China to host a Grand Prix race at Shanghai. Ecclestone
said "We've had many, many offers for us to hold Formula One racing in
different parts of China and I'm very, very pleased that we decided to wait
Both Mosley and Ecclestone have indicated that existing events will have to be dropped in favour of new ones but they didn't comment on which of these events will be dropped.
The All-American Formula 1 team set-up by Dan Gurney
has been put on hold due to economic uncertainty and lack of long term
sponsorship. The group issued a statement that read "Despite a
concentrated effort by a dedicated group of individuals, efforts to establish
an all-American Formula One team with Dan Gurney as the catalyst have not
succeeded in the short term.
BMW's agreement with Williams ends in 2004 and
they have yet to decide on what they will be doing beyond that. BMW Motorsport
Direct Mario Theissen indicated that they may continue their relationship with
Williams but on revised terms but they might set up their own team or quit
altogether. He said "We want to become world champions by 2004. Only with
perfect collaboration in all areas -- that includes the exchange of all data
and the common use of computer simulations and research facilities -- can we
beat Michael Schumacher.
As Jordan switch from Honda power to Cosworth power, they won't be testing until the new car is ready. The Cosworth engine doesn't fit in the current car and the team won't be building a hybrid car.
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Schumacher has described the 2002 season as 'unforgettable' and said
"It was an unforgettable season, unbelievably good and unbelievably
successful. You can't say any more than that. There are hardly words to
describe what we've managed this year. You just have to look at the
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