Monday, 7 March 2011

F1 2011 - new rules and using KERS again

With the start of the 2011 Formula 1 season now only 17 days away, now that the Bahrain GP has been postponed, and with only one more test week remaining, it only seems fair to consider the expected implications of the major rule changes for the current year.  I will cover each of the rule changes in separate postings over the coming days. 

For those who are avid followers of Formula 1, you will probably already have a good grasp on these rule changes, but for those who are less than F1 tragics, then these upcoming postings may just help you understand what all the fuss is about.

The major rule changes for 2011 are:
  • Pirelli being the sole tyre supplier for 2011, taking over from Bridgestone
  • Allowing the rear wing to be adjustable by the driver, subject to certain restrictions, of course
  • The re-introduction, after 9 years, of a 107% qualification time
  • An increased minimum weight overall and fixed minimum weight at the front wheels and the back wheels
In addition to these rule changes, the teams have agreed to continue using the Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS) for 2011 after unanimously agreeing not to use the system in 2010 following a season of mixed reviews in its first appearance in 2009.  The impact of KERS will also be covered in an upcoming post.

Come back soon, leave your thought and comments and feel free to let me know if there is anything you would like me to discuss.

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