F1 Teams have been given until the British GP on July 20 to completely remove traction control and automatic gearboxes from their cars.
F1 Teams have been given until the British Grand Prix on July 20 to completely remove traction control and automatic gearboxes from their cars.
The F1 technical working group has approved the proposed rule changes for the 2003 season that were put forward by FIA president Max Mosley and agreed upon by most teams last week.
A meeting, chaired by FIA technical delegate Charlie Whiting, was convened on Tuesday after some teams balked at the sudden implementation of banning all driver aids.
A total ban on traction control had been a bone of contention, but teams have since been given a five-month period to disable their systems. Launch control will also be banned from July 20, provided the teams can operate their current clutches manually.
Car-to-pit telemetry will be allowed in 2003, as will driver-to-pit radios - but the latter will be accessible by host TV broadcasters via a specified frequency.
The rules on spare cars will also be relaxed, so that cars damaged in either qualifying or practice can be replaced. These will have to start at the back of the grid. Spare cars will also be available should there be a red flag in the opening two laps of a race.
In response, BMW's two motorsport directors have welcomed the decision by F1 technical working group.
"In order to reach a sensible solution, the FIA initially made drastic and ambitious demands," said Gerhard Berger. "That was the pre-condition for proper discussions. Now the discussions have been held and a sensible compromise has been made. Most of the proposals made by the FIA have been approved, but for a different time frame. Now everyone has enough time to get used to the new regulations."
Mario Theissen said: "The new regulations are acceptable for us; we are already working on them. The new regulations aim to limit costs and increase the attractiveness of the races. BMW supports these aims without reservation.”
However, Theissen added that the FIA needed to develop systems to police the ban before it is introduced. "The monitoring of the elimination of traction control and launch control has to be developed first," he told .
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