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  1. costa

    costa Formula Junior

    Nov 1, 2003
    Los Angeles
    Full Name:
    Costantino Bertuzzi
    Don't forget the F1 race in Australia this week end; here the new 2004 rules:

    Subtle but important changes have been made to the Formula One regulations for the 2004 season, affecting both cars and the Grand Prix weekend format. Here is a summary of the key points.

    Third cars and Friday practice:
    The private test and first qualifying sessions seen on Fridays last year have been abandoned for 2004. Instead the opening day of the Grand Prix weekend will comprise two one-hour practice sessions. In these, all teams bar Ferrari, Williams, McLaren and Renault (the top four in the 2003 constructors’ championship), will be allowed to run a third car.

    The driver of the third car cannot be one of the team’s nominated drivers for that event and must be in possession of a Super License. He must also have taken part in no more than six Grands Prix in the previous two seasons. Third cars will be allowed to run in non-standard livery, paving the way for race-specific sponsorship deals.

    Saturday’s schedule will, as in 2003, feature two 45-minute practice sessions, which will be followed by a new two-part qualifying session, effectively 2003’s Friday and Saturday sessions back to back, with just a two-minute break in between.

    In the first part of qualifying the starting order will be determined by the finishing order from the previous race, with each driver getting one timed lap. In the second part they will get another timed lap, running in the reverse order of the times set in the first part.

    Refuelling will be allowed during the first part of qualifying only. As in 2003 though, set-ups and fuel loads cannot be altered between the end of the second part of the qualifying and the race.

    Tyre choice:
    Last year teams could wait until after Saturday practice to decide which tyres they would use for qualifying and the race. This season that crucial decision will have to be made earlier – by 0900 on Saturday morning (before first practice). The only exception will be if both Friday sessions were wet, in which case the deadline will be extended to 1300 on Saturday (after practice).

    Driver Aids:
    Launch control has been banned for 2004 meaning that drivers will once again have to use a clutch mechanism to get the car off the line at the start of a race. In a related move, fully-automatic gearboxes have also been outlawed, meaning drivers must make all gear changes themselves (even if those changes are clutchless, using paddles or buttons mounted on the steering wheel). Traction control remains legal.

    One engine per weekend:
    In a bid to cut costs, this year every driver is allowed to use only one engine over the course of the Grand Prix weekend. If his engine fails in either Friday or Saturday practice he will drop ten places on the grid from his qualifying position (for example, if he qualifies fifth, he will start from 15th). If his engine fails during qualifying he will start the race from the back of the grid.

    Aerodynamic and bodywork changes:
    In a move designed to reduce downforce (and hence cornering speed), this year the cars’ rear wings may feature no more than two main, horizontal elements. The end plates on either side of the rear wing have also been made bigger, as has the engine cover, allowing more space for sponsor logos.

    Pit lane speed limit:
    At most events the pit lane speed limit during a race will be raised from 80 to 100 kph. This will make for quicker stops and could have an important impact on teams’ strategies. For example, the opening round in Australia (where the pit lane has also been shortened) may well become a three, rather than a two, stop race.
  2. TheScarletStang

    TheScarletStang Formula Junior

    Feb 7, 2004
    Irvine, California
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    Sean Salter
    the tires are still Michilin and Bridgestone no? or are their more?

  3. costa

    costa Formula Junior

    Nov 1, 2003
    Los Angeles
    Full Name:
    Costantino Bertuzzi

    only michelin and bridgestone
  4. costa

    costa Formula Junior

    Nov 1, 2003
    Los Angeles
    Full Name:
    Costantino Bertuzzi
    what a great job!!!

    1 1 Michael Schumacher Ferrari 1:24.408

    2 2 Rubens Barrichello Ferrari 1:24.482

    3 3 Juan Pablo Montoya Williams-BMW 1:24.998

    4 9 Jenson Button BAR-Honda 1:24.998

    5 8 Fernando Alonso Renault 1:25.699

    6 14 Mark Webber Jaguar-Cosworth 1:25.805

    7 10 Takuma Sato BAR-Honda 1:25.851

    8 4 Ralf Schumacher Williams-BMW 1:25.925

    9 7 Jarno Trulli Renault 1:26.290

    10 6 Kimi Räikkönen McLaren-Mercedes 1:26.297

    11 12 Felipe Massa Sauber-Petronas 1:27.065

    12 5 David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes 1:27.294

    13 16 Cristiano da Matta Toyota 1:27.823

    14 11 Giancarlo Fisichella Sauber-Petronas 1:27.845

    15 18 Nick Heidfeld Jordan-Ford 1:28.178

    16 19 Giorgio Pantano Jordan-Ford 1:30.140

    17 21 Zsolt Baumgartner Minardi-Cosworth 1:30.681

    18 20 Gianmaria Bruni Minardi-Cosworth

    19 15 Christian Klien Jaguar-Cosworth

    20 17 Olivier Panis Toyota

    forza ragazzi, forza Ferrari!!!!
  5. lovespeed

    lovespeed Karting

    Dec 29, 2003
    at the track
    Full Name:
    Gene Agatep
    i've been waiting too long for this season to arrive
    and it did not disappoint. the pole position time trials were exciting.
    the bmw's look radically different... hopefully they are achieving the down force that they expect. their engines last year were phenomenal.

    the new rule of 800 km per engine is (imo) absolutely brilliant.
    it decreases the cost for the teams.
    it combines speed and reliability on engine designs.

    what happened to Mc Laren?
    are they running with a different strategy or are they really not much of a contender?

    as much as i would like to see Ferrari win again this year,
    hopefully it would be an exciting and challenging F1 season.
    breakaway, landslide wins are not too much fun to watch.
  6. Tipo815

    Tipo815 F1 Rookie

    Nov 1, 2003
    Newport Beach, CA
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    I was pleasantly surprised by Honda's strong performance. BAR has not exactly been a top tier team. Although many will disagree with me I think the exit of JV from the team has allowed the team to refocus their efforts on what is important. There seemed to be alot of controversy last year surrounding him which undoubtedly affected the entire operation. I also think Takuma Sato will continue to improve as a driver. Nice job by Jenson!

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