WMSC confirms tweaks for 2013 and 2014


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5 December 2012 by Ryan Wood | M
          

The World Motor Sport Council (WMSC) met on Tuesday to agree a raft of changes to the 2013 and 2014 regulations, which the FIA published on Wednesday.

Next season will see stricter front-wing load tests, as reported by The F1 Times earlier this year, in order to discourage teams from exploiting flexibile bodywork ahead of the front tyres.

An increased minimum weight restriction will also come into force for 2013, taking into account the increased tyre weight, whilst 2014 will see a further weight increase for the new engine formula.

The 'force majeure' allowance when a car stops on the track in qualifying has also been abolished after Sebastian Vettel's incident in Abu Dhabi this year.

In addition, the FIA will determine how much fuel the car would have used to get back to the pits and add it to the one litre sample should a driver stop on the circuit.

This years sporting regulations have also been updated to include the ban on DRS usage outside of the predetermined zones during practice and qualifying.

Curfew allowances will be tightened to just two expections rather than four, whilst the Thursday restriction will be relaxed from six hours to eight.

For 2014, the requirement for cars to be driven exclusively under electric power in the pit lane has been postponed until 2017.

Finally, a rather large change for 2014 has seen the FIA dump the proposed bodywork regulations which were aimed at reducing downforce quite significantly. Instead the present bodywork regulations will remain.

"Changes made to bodywork design, originally aimed at reducing downforce and drag for increased efficiency, have reverted to 2012 specification," it confirmed.

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