Formula 1 is an exhilarating sport to watch, even if you are not a sports fan, or a car lover. This season has been very unique, mainly because, it is difficult, in this particular situation to point out exactly which driver will end up taking the spoils of the Driver's Championship, and which team will take the Constructors Championship.
Today is the Canadian Grand Prix and judging by the qualifying session, it looks like it's going to be an enthralling race. This season has broken many records. The 2012 Championship will have 20 races, the most number of races in a championship year. There are 6 former and current World Champions on the grid (Sebastian Vettel, Jenson Button, Lewis Hamilton, Fernando Alonso, Michael Schumacher and Kimi Raikkonen). However, the most surprising statistic/fact of them all comes in the form of the race winners. This is the first time, EVER, in the history of Formula 1, that there have been SIX different winners to the first six races of the season.
There have also been many changes in the rules and regulations surrounding the sport of Formula 1. Here is a summarized version of these rules -
- Cars may no longer take part in pre-season testing without having passed all crash tests.
- There will now be a maximum race time of four hours to ensure that a lengthy suspension of a race does not result in a race that could run up to eight hours if left unregulated.
- Before the safety car returns to the pits all lapped cars will be allowed to unlap themselves and then join the back of the pack, ensuring a clean re-start without slower cars impeding those racing for the leading positions.
- Cars which were in the pit lane when a race is suspended will now be allowed to re-join the cars on the grid in the position they were in when the race was suspended.
- Drivers may no longer leave the track without a justifiable reason, i.e. cutting a chicane on reconnaissance laps or ‘in’ laps to save time and fuel.
- Drivers may no longer move back onto the racing line having moved off it to defend a position.
- One three-day test will be carried out during the season, formerly there were none.
- All stewards’ decisions which are not subject to appeal are now in one place instead of being in various places within the regulations.
- All tyres allocated to a driver may now be used on the first day of practice; formerly only three sets were permitted.
A clear solution to the ban on blown diffusers can be seen here -- http://www.f1fanatic.co.uk/2012/02/28/2012-exhaust-innovations-mclaren/
Feel free to ask any questions through comments!