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World Motorsport Council tweak calendar, penalties, superlicences and more // An FIA meeting looks to 2015 and beyond

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The World Motorsport Council met in Doha this week to discuss the future of Formula One, and 2015 in particular. They revealed the confirmed calendar for next year with a whopping 21 races on there - the latest entry being a return for the Korean Grand Prix, although that is still to be confirmed.

Looking at the regulations, the last race double points are officially gone, as are standing restarts after a safety car period. The virtual safety car will be introduced, and there’s also a tweak to the fact that lapped cars can still pass the field and the safety car before the restart, but we no longer have to wait for them to rejoin the rear of the field before the action gets going once more.

There’s a new penalty in the shape of a 10 second stop/go to sit alongside the 5 second stop/go already in use. Drivers will no longer have to carry their engine penalties forward an event if they don’t qualify high enough to use the full thing. Instead, it will convert to an in-race penalty instead.

Finally, the weight of the car has been raised ever so slightly, and the criteria for a superlicence will have a minimum age of 18 and require two years in a junior formula.