New breed

Some huge revisions to the future of Formula 1 were agreed today in Monaco at a World Motor Sport Council meeting, that have the full backing from all of the F1 teams and the sport’s governing body, the FIA.

Probably the biggest of which is that there will be no testing taking place during the season, except for during scheduled practice on race weekends.

Engine life is to be doubled, with each driver getting a maximum of eight engines per season, with four set aside for testing.

The engines will also be limited to 18,000rpm – rather than this season’s 19,000rpm – and engines must last for three races each, as agreed at a previous meeting on November 5th.

Engines will also be sold to independent teams at approximately 50% of that in 2008, and there will be no internal re-tuning during to engines during the season.

Wind tunnel usage has been heavily restricted, and factories will have to be closed for six weeks of the year.

There will also be a reduction in general manpower, with teams sharing information on tyres and fuel, plus other measures that are yet to be announced.

There is also extensive market research being carried out to see if the public are keen on a number of ideas, including Bernie’s medals plan and changes to Saturday qualifying.

You can read a full run down of the WMSC’s decisions via the FIA’s site.

So, what do you think?

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