With world totally pinned to the TVs looking out only for football and cricket updates, one is forgetting the 2015 season of F1 grand prix, which has had so many changes when compared to 2014 making this season so interesting. A number of new regulations come into affect for the 2015 season.
New penalties – in addition to the five-second penalty introduced for 2014, race stewards also have the option to hand out ten-second penalties for minor infringements in 2015.
Points – double points will no longer be applied for the season finale in 2015.
Standing restarts – a proposal for standing restarts has been rescinded, meaning safety-car restarts will follow the same procedure as in previous years.
Virtual Safety Car – in a bid to improve safety, particularly in the event of double waved yellow flags, a virtual safety car system designed to ensure drivers slow sufficiently has been introduced for 2015. This can be used to neutralize a race without having to introduce the safety car itself.
Race suspensions – for 2015, drivers must proceed slowly into the pit lane, rather than back onto the starting grid, in the event of a race suspension.
Clearing the grid – a driver will be forced to start from the pit lane if any member of his team, or any relevant equipment, remains on the starting grid after the 15-second signal has been shown.
Unsafe releases – for 2015, unsafe releases will be met with an automatic ten-second stop-and-go penalty for the relevant driver. Additional penalties may be imposed at the stewards’ discretion.
Safety car lapped drivers – as was the case in 2014, lapped cars may unlap themselves behind the safety car; however, the safety car will no longer need to wait until said drivers have caught back up to the back of the field before leaving the track. Instead, the safety car is free to pull back into the pits on the following lap after the last lapped car has been waved through.
Gearbox – teams will no longer be able to re-nominate gearing during the season – they could do it once in 2014. .The weight of the car, without fuel, must not be less than 702kg at all times during the Event
Nose designs – new regulations, brought in to improve safety and also restrict strange and ugly solutions, mean nose designs become more uniform. 2014 layouts like the anteater and twin tusk will no longer be legal.
Cockpit safety – the Zylon anti-intrusion panels on both sides of the survival cell have been extended upwards to the rim of the cockpit and alongside the driver’s head.
Will India ever get the opportunity to host F1 again?
Before the first race took off in 2011, F1 was ascertain whether its income is taxable in India. The tax issue and red tape surrounding the event eventually led to the race being dropped after three editions.The issue basically is on the tax liability of the Formula One Group, whether they have to pay tax here in India or in England, mainly covering the income generated from licensing fee and income of the teams and drivers
The tax issues facing the Formula One Indian Grand Prix will have to be sorted for the return of the high-profile race, its promoter Sameer Gaur had confirmed.
Both Gaur and F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone had earlier targeted a 2016 return since every championship season calendar gets scheduled in the September but Jaypee Sports International (JPSI) chief has now said it is best to wait for the outcome of the tax case heard in Bombay High Court.
Gaur blames that there is lack of support from government for the popularization of the sport. Like how BCCI had taken steps for the development of cricket, there is an organization termed as FMSCI which takes care of racing games. Gaur considers that due to lack of entrepreneurship skills FMSCI is failing to reach the expected standards.