Fresh Ideas for new Grand Prix Regulations

The basis of present Grand Prix regulations come from the year 1965 and they represent the thinking of four decades ago. To summarize it: They are much too old for the 21st century. For this reason it is impossible to reform them. So the only thing to done is, to start again at the famous white sheet of paper.

The main aim of all efforts bringing out new regulations must be to make the competition stronger, and that, in times of a worldwide weak economy, at reasonable costs. Modern Grand Prix Racing has to created top level motorsport and it also has to support research and development on the whole automotive sector for better future road cars. That includes the questions of environmental protection.

Grand Prix Racing has to represent the the highest technical standards available in the present and looking forward into the future about 20 or 30 years ahead. So it is essential, that creative ideas cabn be put in directly into the sport without limitations. Exactly that promotes the sport by making the competition stronger, as well as it reduces the costs.

Modern Grand Prix cars also have to be of good looking optical appearance to give good image and sufficient publicity to the whole business. They have to look extraordinary futuristic and spectacular and they have to be good enough for overtaking without using violence.

As in modern economy, the best thing to get things developed the right way, is to set on deregulation and liberal laws. That guarantees a maximum of advantages for all people taking part in the sport and also supports the growth of the whole business. Where inspiration is the driving force on the market, the laws and sections can be reduced to an absolute minimum, that also has got the advantage of being pretty easily to be controlled.

The following graphic shows the main intentions of our suggestions for a new Grand Prix rule book on the technical sector:



Let us now come to an outline of the rules suggested in key words, the regulations have to be stable for a minimum of three years, all things, that are not exactly forbidden, are allowed:



1 Car

carbon fibre monocoque with crash test on newest specification, latreral crash protection with side pods until front axle, open wheel collision protection ahead of front wheels and behind back wheels, safety wind screen to protect driver´s head against flying wreckage parts, measures: max. width 200 cm, min. height 130 cm, max. 145 cm, max. track 200 cm, front wing one leaf max 140 cm, rear wing three leaves max. width and height and distance to back axle 100 cm, min. weight 650 kg with driver, but without fuel, ballast forbidden, overall length unlimited, wings in side pods allowed, lateral skirts forbidden, deflectors diffusors and high nose scones forbidden, flat cockpit floor, contents of fuel cell unlimited


2 Engine

4000 cc normally aspirated engine with exclusive use of hydrogen and max 16 cylinders, other engines not allowed


3 Gearbox and Transmission

gearbox without limitation; four wheel drive allowed


4 Wheels, Tyres & Brakes

diameters: front wheels 15 inch, back wheels 19 inch, brake discs 12 inch; low cross-section tyres max. width 40 cm


5 Electronics

no limitations, traction control, active ride suspension, elektronic power steering , ABS and bi-directional telemetry allowed


6 Materials

no cancer causing materials allowed, no carbon fibre allowed for constructing wheels



1 Races

18 Grand Prix with a minimum of 2 on each continent, smaller countries in change all two years, point system 10-8-6-4-3-2-1, all races scored for drivers and makes (the term of makes officially replaces constructors), non-championship races in winter welcomed on tracks with Grand Prix license to promote new events and countries


2 Qualfying

Top Qualfying on Friday and Saturday with best time to be scored for the grid, but duty to take part in both sessions, qualifying on race tyres, qualifying tyres forbidden, number of tyres per weekend without limitation


3 Entry

max 26 positions on the grid to be qualifyied for, Grand Prix Racing limited to 14 teams, number of cars entered per team unlimited, new teams are allowed to buy chassis and engine from an established team for the first three years.


4 Testing

testing only on Circuit Paul Ricard/France with permanent infrastructure, but without time limitation, free practice and testing session on Friday morning with third car and test driver allowed, all other testing forbidden


These are the suggestions of researchracing for new Grand Prix regulations from 2007 on. We hope for an intensive discussion. Please give us your opinion on this subject by letter, fax or email.



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