A recent Grand Prix Drivers’ Association poll labeled the Formula 1 as “expensive, technological and boring,” CNN reports. Over 215,000 fans from all around the world participated in the survey, which indicated fans want to see closer competition, less technical regulations and louder cars, among other changes.
In response to the survey results, the F1 strategy group, which includes Formula 1 management, team principals and other representatives, met in London to discuss possible changes to the sport. One day before the British Grand Prix, the group issued a disapointingly vague statement outlining the different rules and regulations they will implement.
• Increased restriction on driver aids and coaching which will be rapidly implemented starting from this year’s Belgian Grand Prix, with a particular emphasis on race starts
• An overhaul of the power unit penalties
• Changes to the exhaust system that will improve engine noise for 2016
• An extra power unit per driver in the first year to any new manufacturer, the measure will apply to Honda for the 2015 season
• Increased freedom of choice for tires compounds
• A new set of regulations aimed at achieving faster and more aggressive looking cars for 2017, including wider cars and wheels
• Several exciting and innovative changes to the qualifying and race weekend formats are being evaluated by FIA and FOM for 2016
The different rules have yet to be included in the official FIA F1 rulebook, but will be once they are passed by the sport’s governing body. There’s no telling if the new rules will help F1 reclaim the 25 million viewers it lost when it switched to the new V6 engines for the 2014 season, but they should at least appease those who gave F1 a negative review in the GPDA survey.