The new technical regulations for 2013 may not happen in 2013

June 7, 2011

The World Motorsport Council meeting of last week will be best remembered for its ‘unanimous’ decision to reinstate the Bahrain Grand Prix in 2011, although it appears that any changes to the calendar require the agreement of the teams themselves, and so there are still quite a few twists and turns to go on this story yet.

But the other interesting piece from the meeting was the announcement that the engine regulations for 2013 were approved and that these will be four cylinder 1.6 litre units with ‘extensive energy management and energy recover systems (now known as ERS)’ this effectively ratifies the decision made in December 2010. However, the interesting bit of the statement is as follows: ‘In consultation with the main stakeholders, and following the outcome of this consultation, a fax vote by the WMSC could be considered by 30 June latest to redefine [my underlining] the implementation date of these technical regulations.’ In other words the regulations are agreed, but when they actually come into force is not, the implementation date may be put back, presumably this could depend on the timing and costs of developing the new engines. I wonder what the implications may be for the cash flow projections of Craig Pollocks new venture – PURE? So let’s see if anything happens by 30 June, latest.

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