Big Changes Ahead in 2015?
Every new F1 season sees several changes, whether this be in which teams driver race for, new designs or new rules, some welcome and some not so welcome (who said double points?). So let’s take a look at some of the changes that may be occurring next year.
The World Motor Sport Council met this week and have published a number of rule changes and a revised calendar for next season. The expansion into Asia continues with a provisional slot for Korea who are provisionally going to host the fifth race of the 2015 season. The third race of the season is due to be in China
A certain rule regarding points in the final race of the season has been dropped as have the proposal for standing starts after safety car periods. Definitely being introduced next year is the virtual safety car system that was trialled after Jules Bianchi’s crash in the Japanese Grand Prix. In another change lapped cars can now pass the safety car and uncap themselves but the safety car won’t have to wait until they have rejoined the back of the grid.
Grid penalties will no longer roll over into subsequent races, should a driver be unable to take the full penalty. Instead the remainder will become a time penalty during the relevant race. There’ll also be a new ten-second penalty next season.
Next week sees a meeting of Formula One’s Board and it’s expected that Paul Walsh will be appointed chairman of the Formula One Group of Companies. If this goes ahead it could cause a few problems for Bernie Ecclestone. The white-haired one can’t run the sport forever and there are a few problems on their way next year that cause him some sleepless nights. The European Union may be investigating the sport and surely Bernie can’t keep insulting people and expect to remain in charge. That bribery scandal is still fresh in people’s minds so 2015 might not be the happiest of years for Mr Ecclestone.
While one British driver wins the World title, another isn’t even sure if he’ll be racing next season. Jenson Button still doesn’t know what’s going to be happening at McLaren next season. They still haven’t managed to finalize their team for next year and Button is getting pretty fed up with their inability to do so. Will he stay with McLaren, look for another F1 team or perhaps even end up joining another motorsport? Hopefully next week all will be revealed. Rumours of the team seeking sponsorship for Kevin Magnussen might indicate the end of Button’s time at McLaren particularly as his relationship with team management seems to be on very rocky ground at present
I’ll keep an eye on the changes taking place in F1 over the coming weeks and I’m sure there will be a few twists and turns before the 2015 season begins.