PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT: Pit The Ferrari pit crew again want to be the best. Image: Shutterstock.
LONDON, England - Formula 1's next rules revolution will have to wait until at least 2017 after a meeting in Geneva on Tuesday (Feb 17 2015) voted against significant technical change before then.
No formal statement was issued but sources said the Internationial Automobile Federation's F1 Commission had rejected a proposal to change the regulations to allow cars with wider tyres and different bodywork for the 2016 season.
The 2016 rules can be changed with a majority vote until March 1, after which unanimous approval - a rarity in F1 with teams having so many vested interests - is required.
The sport underwent a major upheaval in 2014 with the introduction of a new V6 turbo hybrid power unit, replacing the old and much louder V8 engines that some in the sport would still prefer. While calls for a return to the V8's have fallen away there are talks about tweaking the regulations for 2017 so that the V6 turbo engines' output can be increased to 750kW.
Teams have been considering ways of improving cars and creating more excitement for spectators without increasing already excessive costs.
Ferrari's team principal Maurizio Arrivabene (the team failed to win a race in 2014 for the first time since 1993) said in January 2015 that F1 needed "a real revolution" with faster cars producing more power and noise.
"By 2017," he said then, "I would like to see cars that win fans, cars they can get closer to and that are aesthetically more appealing, maybe even producing a noise that gets your hair standing on end, like that produced by a heavy-metal band.
"It is up to us to provide something better and to download a new format for F1 as soon as possible."
As part of that process, Ferrari published images before Tuesday's meeting (on Feb 17 2015) showing "a new and better-looking concept" for an F1 car of the future. Ferrari asked: "Would it be possible to come up with an F1 car which not only is technologically advanced but also captivating to the eye.
"And could this be made without having to overturn the current technical rules? At Ferrari, we believe so.