With the 2014 Formula 1 Petronas Malaysia Grand Prix set to flag off in Sepang at the end of the month, it’s worth noting that new rules will be implemented this season. This controversially led to the disqualification of Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo, after he finished second-place in the Australian Grand Prix. While there is a range of amendments, let’s take a look at the major changes to the rules.
Engine and fuel
A more energy-efficient 1.6 litre V6 engine will replace the 2.4 litre V8 engines used since 2006, while the rev limit has been reduced from 18,000rpm to 15,000rpm. This will reduce the trademark noise of the F1 cars, something fans have complained about.
Drivers will now have to complete the race with 100kg – that’s about 130 litres – of fuel, compared to 150kg at last year’s event. The cars will also be limited to a 100kg/hour fuel consumption rate.
Double points will be given to the winner of the final race of the season to keep the championship alive as long as possible. The decision has been widely panned.
There will also be “penalty points” for driving offences. A driver will be banned from the following race when they hit 12 penalty points.
Imagine – slowing down in an F1 race. The speed limit in the pit lane will be reduced from 100km/hour to 80km/hour for safety purposes.
Cars noses will be lowered to 185mm above the ground – a significant change from 550mm, which was allowed in 2012. This change has people anticipating this year’s cars to look “ugly”.
Drivers who claim the most pole positions throughout the season will win a non-championship award, the “Pole Trophy”. Pole position refers to the driver starting at the front of the line-up of cars, achieved by setting the fastest time during qualifying sessions or their position in the previous race.