The FIA’s council met at Goodwood House today to ratify some changes to next year’s F1 regulations, with a few notable items . Firstly, the in-season two-day track tests that teams agreed on earlier this month have been approved, with Young Driver testing and promotional days no longer allowed. Teams will also be allowed to test in January next year to get used to the new power units.
Speaking of which, drivers will be limited to five power units per season, down from the eight engine limit currently, and gearboxes will have to last six race weekends rather than five.
A penalty points system will be introduced for drivers, with infringements given between one and three points. If a driver gets more than 12, he will be banned from the next race, and points stay on a licence for 12 months.
Teams will be given an extra set of tyres for the first 30 minutes of first practice on Friday, to encourage more action during that session.
And the pit lane speed limit has been smoothed out to 80 kilometres per hour throughout a race weekend, rather than 60 for practice and 100 for the rest of the weekend.
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