With the 2015 F1 testing period in progress, we have decided to highlight the newly launched F1 cars that teams will race this season. Before we do that, let us look at the new changes and regulations in the forthcoming season. Firstly you will notice small design changes in the overall look of the cars where the noses are now lower than the previous season.
The minimum weight of the cars has been increased to 720kg and wind tunnel hours reduced from 80 hours a week to 65hours a week. While each driver benefited from five power units in the previous season, this number has been reduced to just four power units per driver. The FIA has allowed in-season engine development with engine manufacturers getting 32 tokens.
Following Bianchi’s Jules accident at the Japanese Grand Prix last year, a new Virtual Safety Car has been introduced. It will be used in the occasion of double waved yellow flags where electronic marshal panels will display “VSC”. Teams will be notified through the official messaging systems. Drivers will not be allowed to enter pit lanes unless changing tyres and they will be required to drive above the minimal time set by FIA and penalised if they fail to do so. Once the clerk declares the track to be safe, the “VSC” signal on will turn green and drivers may resume racing immediately.
Original published at "Gts Spirit" website.