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Formula One: Toto Wolff ” The new qualifying is rubbish”

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Despite Lewis Hamilton setting his 50th pole position today in Melbourne Mercedes AMG Petronas Team Principle Toto Wolff was one of the first to criticise the new qualifying process calling the new system rubbish in an interview for Sky Sports F1.

Christian Horner and Niki Lauda later joined public criticism of the system and have called for the teams to agree for the system to be dropped for the 2nd race of the season. In order for the system to change mid season a unanimous decision from the teams will be required.

As suggested on this site when the system was announced the intention of the system was promising, but the practical implementation flawed.  A system in which 6 of the 8 cars taking part in the final session of qualifying only run once, leaving the circuit empty for the final 4 minutes of the session does not build to any form of crescendo, the tension of qualifying is lost.

Teams further down the field clearly didn’t quite understand the system, with the likes of Sauber and Haas sending their drivers out onto the circuit with less than 90 seconds before their driver was eliminated from the session. Team’s indicated in pre-season testing the new format was flawed and would lead to confusion and reduced track action, they must now act collectively to ensure a change.

Lewis Hamilton has called for fans of the support to use social media to share their views on the system and suggest changes.

It can be expected the FIA will act to tweak or drop the format ahead of the 2nd race of the year.

Formula One: ‘Should’ is the operative word

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The FIA confirmed unanimous approval from the F1 commission to introduce the much discussed new qualifying system from the Australian Grand Prix on Friday.  Within the announcement the FIA have used precautionary wording around the introduction stating:

‘The World Motor Sport Council approved the new qualification format, the principles of which were unanimously accepted by the F1 Commission. The new system should be introduced for the first round of the 2016 FIA Formula One World Championship’

The full details of the new system are detailed below with a link to the FIA confirmation.

In order for the new qualifying format to be introduced several hurdles are yet to be overcome, including development and simulation of modified software required to support both practical implementation and broadcasting of the process. Formula One management have highlighted this possible issue, but appear confident a solution will be found in time for the first qualifying session of the year.

Teams and drivers face a number of hurdles in the coming weeks in determining how best to approach the session and how to adapt their strategy including tyre selection for the race weekend. Many have expressed displeasure that it has not been possible to achieve clarity in such a regulation so close to the beginning of the season

It should be remembered however, that the purpose of the change in qualifying process is an attempt to not only improve race weekend coverage for mid field teams but also introduce an element of jeopardy to a race weekend.

FIA ANNOUNCEMENT:

FIA Formula One World Championship

Qualifying

The World Motor Sport Council approved the new qualification format, the principles of which were unanimously accepted by the F1 Commission. The new system should be introduced for the first round of the 2016 FIA Formula One World Championship.

The new elimination-style format:

–        Q1

  • 16 minutes
  • After 7 minutes, slowest driver eliminated
  • Slowest driver eliminated every 1 minute 30 seconds thereafter until the chequered flag
  • 7 drivers eliminated, 15 progress to Q2

–        Q2

  • 15 minutes
  • After 6 minutes, slowest driver eliminated
  • Slowest driver eliminated every 1 minute 30 seconds thereafter until the chequered flag
  • 7 drivers eliminated, 8 progress to Q3

–        Q3

  • 14 minutes
  • After 5 minutes, slowest driver eliminated
  • Slowest driver eliminated every 1 minute 30 seconds thereafter until the chequered flag
  • 2 drivers left in final 1 minute 30 seconds

The final elimination in each session occurs at the chequered flag – not when time is up.

The wording of the Sporting Regulations relating to this new qualifying format will be submitted to the F1 Strategy Group and F1 Commission.

Link to FIA Statement

Formula One: F1 Commission confirm new bodywork and sporting regulations

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Meetings of the F1 Strategy Group and the F1 Commission were held yesterday in Geneva, with a number of constructive proposals being agreed. Upon the recommendation of the Strategy Group, the F1 Commission passed a series of new measures designed to deliver a faster, more spectacular FIA Formula One World Championship.

Qualifying format

A new qualification format was unanimously accepted by the F1 Commission. The new system is being evaluated for introduction, potentially as soon as the beginning of the 2016 season.

The basis of the new elimination format is as follows:

–        Q1

  • 16 minutes
  • After 7 minutes, slowest driver eliminated
  • Slowest driver eliminated every 1 minute 30 seconds thereafter until the chequered flag
  • 7 drivers eliminated, 15 progress to Q2

–        Q2

  • 15 minutes
  • After 6 minutes, slowest driver eliminated
  • Slowest driver eliminated every 1 minute 30 seconds thereafter until the chequered flag
  • 7 drivers eliminated, 8 progress to Q3

–        Q3

  • 14 minutes
  • After 5 minutes, slowest driver eliminated
  • Slowest driver eliminated every 1 minute 30 seconds thereafter until the chequered flag
  • 2 drivers left in final 1 minute 30 seconds

 

The final elimination in each session occurs at the chequered flag – not when time is up.

Driver of the Day

The F1 Commission agreed to the introduction of a Driver of the Day award, to be implemented by the Commercial Rights Holder in conjunction with Formula One broadcasters, with the intention of driving greater fan engagement.

Viewers will be encouraged to vote online for their “Driver of the Day” throughout a Grand Prix, with the winner to be announced as part of the race broadcast immediately following the conclusion of the race, when the driver will be presented with their prize.

2017 Sporting and Technical Regulations

Following the recommendation of the Strategy Group, the F1 Commission agreed to postpone the deadline for the finalisation of 2017 Sporting and Technical Regulations until 30 April, 2016 – to allow all stakeholders the best opportunity to complete all relevant work.

2017 bodywork

New bodywork regulations have been adopted to create more exciting cars, delivering additional downforce to increase speeds and lower lap times.

The FIA, teams and official tyre supplier will continue discussions on the best solution for testing of the new tyres required as part of the regulations.

Power unit supply

Significant further progress was made on the four major topics regarding Power Unit supply:

–        Supply cost

–        Obligation to supply

–        Performance convergence

–        Further improvement of noise

 

A working group consisting representatives of the FIA, Commercial Rights Holder, Power Unit suppliers and customer teams will undertake further work with the aim of reaching agreement on a plan to meet the above requirements by 30 April, 2016.

Cockpit protection

The F1 Commission confirmed the intention of introducing some form of cockpit protection from the 2017 season. All stakeholders are working together to make this a reality, with the “Halo” concept currently the preferred option. Other options, such as transparent cockpit protection, will continue to be evaluated.

Full analysis of this FIA statement to follow.

Formula One: Perrinn F1 – Open Source design launched

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The Perrinn F1 Project, spearheaded by Nicolas Perrin, have taken the next step in design development with the launch of the team’s design though open access cloud based racecar devlopment through OnShape.

The purpose of the project is to share designs with fans around the world, inviting them to follow the team’s progress as it happens, make suggestions or perhaps even create their own designs.

  • Using browser-based Onshape allows Perrinn to instantly share its open-access designs with non-CAD users worldwide without requiring them to purchase expensive licenses or download or install any software.
  • Perrinn uses Onshape’s Branching & Merging feature to quickly experiment with design changes without impacting the original model.
  • With a core engineering team split between England and France, Perrinn relies on Onshape’s collaboration feature that allows multiple people to simultaneously work on the same design in the cloud.

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WE ARE A TEAM – Perrinn Limited chose Onshape for designing its open-access Formula 1 racecar. Running in a web or mobile browser, Onshape requires no downloads, installations or expensive license fees.

Although racecar drivers certainly get an adrenaline rush, auto racing remains a relatively passive experience for its millions of worldwide fans. Spectators may catch the blur of their favorite car or inhale a steady stream of exhaust fumes. But they ultimately have zero impact on who crosses the finish line first.

That may soon change. If engineer Nicolas Perrin has his way, fans could potentially have some influence over a race’s outcome.

Perrin, the founder of Perrinn Limited (the extra “N” was added to make the brand stand out), is attempting to turn the racecar design world upside down. In an environment where virtually every gear is a closely guarded secret, Perrinn is making his designs available to his opponents and the public alike. While the unprecedented move might look like sacrificing his competitive edge, the engineer hopes that opening the project to the public will help source new design talent to develop the cars.

“Sports is very powerful for bringing people together, so we can go a step further and effectively make this team, our design team, something a bit more special,” he says. “Building a car is a team experience. The Internet provides services to connect with friends, or search, or do things like that but we want to use it to create a better team of designers working from any location in the world while allowing the public to access our design to learn or simply follow our progress.”

“If you’re a football fan, you can follow the game easier if you’ve ever played it yourself. You can just take the ball and go do it. The difference with motorsports is that technology is a big barrier for people to truly feel like they can get involved and actually play themselves,” Perrin adds.

Perrinn Limited currently has a core design team of five professionals split between England and France. To facilitate internal collaboration and with outside partners and the public, the company chose Onshape, the first full-cloud professional 3D CAD system that enables multiple people to simultaneously work on the same design from any location.

To view the Perrinn F1 Project through Onshape click here

To follow the Perrinn project follow this link.

 

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Formula One: Constructive progress towards 2017 Regulations from Milan

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In a meeting between leading figures within Formula One; from the FIA, Teams, Drivers and Formula One Management, held at the Pirelli headquarters in Milan earlier today, reports are emerging of positive progress regarding 2017 technical regulations, the role of Pirelli, and importance of a unified approach and agreement around tyre construction and usage.

The meeting is reported as having been highly constructive acknowledging the need to accelerate clear definition of the new regulations. Once defined Pirelli, with the support of the teams have agreed to develop prototype tyres and test them on circuit as soon as possible.

Pirelli have again stated the criticality of a clear and timely testing programme to ensure are parties are adequately prepared for the 2017 season.

 

Formula One: 2017 Regulation changes watered down?

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Reports are emerging that the plans for radical change in the 2017 F1 Technical Regulations are being increasingly toned down over fears that cars may become too fast with the targeted 5 seconds per lap improvement in performance possibly leading to safety issues.

As reported on Auto Motor und Sport (German), in a Technical Working Group meeting, discussions around these fears have lead to a recalibration of the proposed regulations.

Proposals to increase the width of the car at the widest point, the tyres, to 2 metres have been retained, but the bodywork between the axles will not increase to the planned 180 cm but remain at 140 cm, leaving a substantial area of uncovered floor. Also shelved are plans for a larger diffuser and changes to the front and rear wings which under earlier proposals had been set from dramatic change, with the diffuser set to double in height and the rear wing increase in width.

With this proposed watering down of the regulation change it is anticipated that only 25% of the targeted  performance improvement will be achieved.  Sources suggest that leading non works teams have expressed frustration that the body work changes will be barely visable and the series will retain its reliance on Power Unit development leaving limited scope for aerodynamic developments.

Full 2017 regulations are set to be published in March this year to ensure teams have sufficient time to prepare for any changes. Until such time it is unlikely any clear view will be provided on how the next generation of Formula One cars will be set to look.