F1 teams reject rule revolution for 2016

Plans for a major overhaul in Formula One’s regulations will be delayed until at least 2017 after teams today (Tuesday) voted against their introduction next year, according to the Autosport website.

Autosport said a meeting of the Formula One Commission in Geneva did not back plans for a swift implementation of new regulations that would have resulted in wider cars, bigger tyres and bodywork revisions for 2016.

It is believed that while some teams wanted the new rules in place for next year, others preferred to wait until 2017 – a date that could coincide with other changes to the motor racing series including an increase in engine power to 1,000bhp and a potential new tyre supplier.

Citing sources, Autosport said it was agreed that it would be preferential to spend more time working through fully concrete proposals for 2017 rather than rush through changes for 2016.

Ahead of the Geneva meeting, Ferrari today unveiled striking imagery of a concept car design for the future of F1. Conceived by its design studio, Centro Stile Ferrari, and the team’s aerodynamic department, Ferrari claimed that the “captivating to the eye and aggressive-looking” concept could be achieved with minimal changes to the sport’s current regulations.

Rival teams Red Bull Racing and McLaren are also understood to have shared concept designs during a recent F1 strategy group meeting.