Onto 2013: Rules and Regs

Rules for the sport, rules for cars, rules for punishment, and rules for what not in F1? 
This is a sport where the rules change every season. So if you don't know them properly, you'll have further rules to follow while taking the penalty. (Like Charles Pic's FIA community service in 2012!) So, what does the all mighty FIA have in store for the next season? Change of the animal's name for the noses? or change aero flow again? Too many questions. But only a few answers.. 
Unlike 2012, where the FIA banned the off throttle blown diffusers, and made it mandatory for all teams to change the looks of an ideal F1 car's nose, which were major changes, for 2013 the FIA made lesser and more minor tweaks. But major of the minor are - Firstly (and according to me the most major change) is lowering the platypus noses of 2012. Its high time the FIA made F1 more comfortable to watch. 
Secondly, drivers will be able to use DRS only in specified DRS zones even during practice sessions and qualifying, due to safety concerns. Previously, DRS could be used in the whole lap during FP's and Quali. 
Along with them, were a couple of changes. such as the team personnel curfew  which prevents team members from being in the paddock during specified periods - has been extended from six to eight hours on Thursday nights. Then the "tweaks" to the technical regulations which are rather disappointing to know, are introduction of stringent front wings compared to last year's flexi front wing,  to decrease aerodynamic performance (compared to last year). 
This, along with the heavier Pirelli tyres in 2013, will result in a much heavier car, which means, cars are going to be much slower. And last but not the least, the deletion of "Force Majeure". 

Some of you may not know what force majeure is, so let me give you a brief. 


FIA rules state that a car should be correctly fueled for qualifying, not more (obviously, because it'll make the cars slower) and not less (It'll make the car faster). In order to check those things, in fact, just to check in case the car wasn't underfuelled, the FIA usually take a 1 litre fuel sample from each car after qualifying.If a car wasn't able to give the 1 litre sample, that meant that he did an illegal qualifying and hence will be given a 24 place grid penalty. And that is called "Force Majeure" 

For those who can recall - Sebastian Vettel in Abu Dhabi. Right after qualifying 3rd, Vettel was forced to stop his RB8 on the track, this was to make sure they had enough fuel to give as sample to the FIA. But then, this clearly meant that there was no fuel in the car to complete his parade lap AND to sample the 1 litre to the FIA. (That's why RBR made him stop) And so, that saw him start from the pitlane. 

Coming back to 2013, this "foce majeure" that affected 2 drivers this season will be deleted. 



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