Radical Formula 1 changes ratified

The Formula 1 Technical Working Group has today (Tuesday) clarified and approved the sweeping proposals put forward by the sport's governing body, the FIA, to this year's World Championship. Traction control and automatic gearboxes will now be banned in time for this year's British Grand Prix on July 20

Radical Formula 1 changes ratified

The meeting, chaired by FIA technical delegate Charlie Whiting, has rubberstamped an altered version of the raft of changes demanded by FIA president Max Mosley last week. A first meeting last Friday was reconvened today after some teams balked at the sudden implementation of banning all driver aids.

Agreement was reached this time, however, with a number of changes being adopted. The main sticking point was the immediate introduction of total ban on traction control, but the five-month stay of execution will allow teams leeway to disable their systems. Launch control will also be banned from that point, 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. Both had been banned as part of the FIA's previously announced changes for this year.

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.

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