Double points to be awarded in 2014 F1 finale

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The FIA today have announced that double points will be received in a bid to bring excitement to the final race of the Formula 1 Drivers’ and Constructors’ Championships. 

Formula 1 to battle it out right to the final round. Photo: Joe Armao/Sydney Morning Herald

Formula 1 to battle it out right to the final round. Photo: Joe Armao/Sydney Morning Herald

The final round of the FIA Formula 1 calendar will see double points awarded for the 2014 season.

This move is one of many made recently by the Formula 1 Commission and Strategy Groups this week.

The change was made to increase the fight of the Formula 1 title going into the final round of 2014, as current Formula 1 world champion Sebastian Vettel won this years title with few rounds to spare.

This change will also apply to not only the Formula 1 Drivers’ Championship, but also the Contructors’ Championship.

If this system was implement over the last six years, two of the final results of the Drivers’ championships would have been different, Felipe Massa would have pipped Lewis Hamilton in 2008 and Fernando Alonso would have won Vettel’s world championship last year.

Other changes for the 2014 FIA Formula 1 season include drivers’ being able to choose their numbers, rather than run the number the constructor finished the previous year, with the drivers’ championship order to be used to resolve any issues over number allocation.

A budget cap for 2015 is also currently being discussed by the Commission and Strategy Group to keep the costs fair for each team.

Written by Loren Hazelwood. @LorenHazelwood

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Formula 4 confirmed in Australia for 2015

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A new development category will join the Australian motorsport world in 2015.                   

Australian Joseph Mawson testing Formula 4 in England. Photo: Joseph Mawson

Australian Joseph Mawson testing Formula 4 in England. Photo: Joseph Mawson

The Confederation of Australian Motorsport today confirmed that the FIA category Formula 4 will begin racing in Australia in the 2015 season.

Formula 4 will join popular open-wheeler developer categories Australian Formula 3 Drivers Championship, Australian Formula Ford and Formula Vee to help springboard young drivers into overseas categories, making an easier pathway to Formula 1.

The FIA Formula 4 concept currently sees a control 1600cc engine, with a carbon-monocoque chassis to add to the wings-and-slicks, which will be a control item for the category.

CAMS chief Eugene Arocca believes this is a step-forward for young drivers, essentially making their first step from karting to Formula 1.

“We are always looking for new and innovative ways for our great sport to grow and Formula 4 is certainly that,” said Arocca.

“We have already had conversations with a number of parties who are interested in being involved, so an open tender process provides everyone with a chance to take on this exciting opportunity in partnership with CAMS and we plan to announce the successful party in due course.

“I strongly believe that the example of Australia will be followed very soon by many other countries.”

Confirmation of Formula 4 leaves a slim future for Australian Formula 3, with two wings-and-slicks open-wheeler categories coming across as unsustainable in Australia.

Formula 4 is part of an international open-wheel pathway devised by FIA Single Seater Commission chairman Gerhard Berger, already popular in the United Kingdom.

The category’s main mission is to make open-wheel racing more affordable, teaching young drivers how to work with an engineer and understand the dynamics behind aerospace.

Expect more news in the coming weeks with CAMS’ announcement of the governing parties involved in the up-coming category.

Written by Loren Hazelwood. @LorenHazelwood

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