F1 teams given extra simulation time for 2021 regulations
By: Chris Medland | 2 hours ago
Formula 1 teams will be able to run unrestricted simulations when it comes to developing their 2021 cars during the next year.
Previously, the sporting regulations had limited computational fluid dynamics (CFD) simulation time alongside wind tunnel testing in an attempt to control costs and keep the field closely matched. However, a tweak to the 2019 sporting regulations will see the FIA “allow unrestricted CFD simulations to be carried out for the development of cars in accordance with the 2021 regulations.”
F1 has been targeting a major aerodynamic rule change in 2021, with significantly different cars being introduced. The final regulations have yet to be confirmed, although some aerodynamic changes have been made for next season in order to gauge their impact on a car’s ability to follow closely, something the sport wants to improve with the 2021 designs.
As teams want to be able to start work on a major regulation change long in advance of its implementation, the CFD restrictions will be lifted only for work on the next generation of car.
The change was approved during a meeting of the World Motor Sport Council in St. Petersburg, Russia, where the 2019 calendar was also ratified and a number of other minor amendments to next year’s sporting regulations were approved.
These included a change to safety car restart procedures, where cars will be kept under yellow flag conditions — and therefore not able to overtake — until they have crossed the start line when the safety car returns to the pits. Also approved was a move to ensure the way the grid is formed is clear when multiple penalties have been applied, and also the requirement for fuel handling procedures to be the same during testing as they are during race events.
Posted 06 December 2018 - 16:42
Posted 06 December 2018 - 16:55
FOM to end support for F1 Live Timing app next week
2018 F1 season
6th December 2018, 14:12
Formula 1 will end support for the F1 Live Timing app on December 10th.
“We’ll no longer be updating the app and the information contained will not be up to date,” FOM confirmed on Thursday. The Formula 1 app will not be affected by the change.
FOM introduced the Live Timing app in September following complaints over changes which were made in version 11 of the Formula 1 app. Many fans complained the updated Formula 1 app prevented them from being able to view all 20 drivers at once on the live timing screen, which showed as few as seven drivers on some platforms.
However FOM has indicated it will address users’ concerns about the Formula 1 app before the 2019 F1 season begins.
“We are working hard to make the features you want available inside the Formula 1 app for the start of the new season,” FOM said in a statement.
FOM also confirmed 4.4 million people watched the second season of the official F1 Esports Series during 2018. These include 1.2 million television viewers and 3.2 million on live streams.
“2018 was a pivotal year for our efforts with respect to Formula 1 Esports as it saw the inclusion of the first official teams and built firm foundations for the future success of the series.” said F1’s managing director of commercial operations Sean Bratches. The championship was won by Mercedes’ Brendon Leigh ahead of team mate Daniel Bereznay, which meant the constructors’ champions also won the Esports team championship.