Formula One has confirmed that it will finally allow team orders in 2011. It’s about time to end this madness, as it has just become silly recently, forcing teams to commit Mickey Mouse stunts to not raise the ire of the officials. I had a feeling that this was going to happen this year when Bernie made passing comments this year after the German Grand Prix, when the Ferrari team sent a message to Massa to allow Alonzo to pass. These strategies have occurred since Formula One and multiple-car racing teams have taken place.
While the full 2011 regulations are not fully published, they also are introducing driver adjustable rear wings, as in the Can Am days. This additional control will be added to the driver’s operation in addition to adjustable brake bias, etc., giving the driver more control and additional distractions. Double diffusers are also verboten, and they are requiring that the gearboxes last through five Grand Prix weekends, up from four from last year.
Additionally, a peek into 2012 regulations reveals the introduction of biomass-derived fuels and the availability of complete team communications to the broadcasters. Keep an eye on 2013, as it will bring the most dramatic change when the 2.4 liter V8s will be replaced with 1.6 liter four-cylinder power plants. Expect wildly different body styles, possibly back to the cigar-shaped style perhaps? A inline four-cylinder block would dramatically reduce yaw forces allowing for more stability, just a thought. Regardless, it will be a very interesting change to Formula One as we know it today.
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