Following a fact-finding mission undertaken at the request of FIA President Jean Todt, FIA Vice President Carlos Gracia visited Bahrain on 31 May 2011 to assess the situation in the country. Meetings were conducted with the Ministry of Interior, the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, the Bahrain Motor Federation and Bahrain International Circuit, as well as other national and international organisations including Mr. Tariq Al Saffar at the National Institute of Human Rights. It should be noted that the recent announcement by the King of Bahrain has established a political dialogue and reconciliation process.
After considering all the factors and taking into consideration all stakeholders’ concerns, the WMSC unanimously agreed to reinstate the Bahrain Grand Prix in the 2011 FIA Formula One World Championship.
This decision reflects the spirit of reconciliation in Bahrain, which is evident from the strong support the race receives from the Government and all major parties in Bahrain, including the largest opposition group, all of whom endorse the Formula One Grand Prix and motor sport in the country. The WMSC feels that reinstating the Grand Prix is a means of helping to unite people as the country looks to move forward, and also recognises the commitment made by the Formula One teams, their employees and families, and personnel associated with the Championship including the local team of volunteers who are so vital to the event.
The Bahrain Grand Prix will take place on 30 October, replacing the Indian Grand Prix, which will now become the final round of the 2011 Championship, combined with the FIA Annual General Assembly and Prize-Giving Gala.
The 2012 FIA Formula One World Championship calendar is confirmed as follows:
11/03 BHR Bahrain
18/03 AUS Australia
01/04 MYS Malaysia
08/04 CHN China
22/04 KOR Korea
06/05 TUR Turkey *
20/05 ESP Spain
27/05 MCO Monaco
10/06 CAN Canada
17/06 USA United States
01/07 ESP Valencia, Spain
15/07 GBR Great Britain
29/07 DEU Germany
05/08 HUN Hungary
02/09 BEL Belgium
09/09 ITA Italy
30/09 SGP Singapore
14/10 JPN Japan
28/10 IND India
11/11 ARE Abu Dhabi
25/11 BRA Brazil
* Subject to confirmation
The Technical Regulations for 2013 were approved:
- Power units will be four cylinders, 1.6 litre with high pressure gasoline injection up to 500 bar with a maximum of 12,000 rpm, with extensive energy management and energy recovery systems (now known as ERS), reflecting the decision taken by the WMSC in December 2010
- The aerodynamic regulations have been based on 2011 rules, with modifications in order to improve the aerodynamic efficiency: together with the power train rules, this will enable a 35% reduction in fuel consumption
- The height of the tip of the nose will be limited to ensure better compatibility in a T-bone style accident
- A limitation on transmissions (gear ratios, number of gearboxes) in order to decrease costs
- The overall weight of the car must be no less than 660kg
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 the implementation date of these technical regulations.
WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP
The dates and venues for the 2012 FIA World Rally Championship are confirmed as follows, with the inclusion of Rallye Monte Carlo and Italy on the calendar.
22/01 MCO Monte Carlo
12/02 SWE Sweden
11/03 MEX Mexico
01/04 PRT Portugal
29/04 ARG Argentina
27/05 GRC Greece * (or 03/06)
24/06 NZL New Zealand
05/08 FIN Finland
26/08 DEU Germany
16/09 GBR Great Britain
07/10 FRA France
04/11 ESP Spain
October ITA Italy *
* Dates subject to confirmation
Note: The date given is the Sunday of the rally weekend. Itineraries are however subject to final confirmation by event organisers.
Abu Dhabi, previously published on the calendar subject to approval of the Event Business Plan, has been removed from the 2012 calendar. The organiser is invited to submit a proposal to run a candidate event for possible future inclusion in the series.
From 1 January 2012 the shakedown will be used as a qualifying stage for all Priority 1 and 2 drivers to determine the start order for each individual gravel rally. Taking into account the shakedown times, P1 and P2 crews - in order of fastest to slowest - will be permitted to select their start positions. Subsequent days, all Priority 1 and 2 crews will restart in reverse order. The start position of all remaining crews will be determined according to the current regulations.
It is clarified that all priority and non-priority drivers competing with Group R4 cars must use the specified tyres produced by the FIA nominated tyre companies.
From 1 January 2012, save dispensation, both crew members must have a valid driving license throughout an event.
A number of amendments have been made to the 2012 and 2013 Technical and Homologation regulations in order to simplify designs, reduce costs and increase reliability and safety.
From 2012, a system of promotion and relegation will be adopted to ensure the best events are included in the FIA European Rally Championship (ERC). Taking into account points awarded by the Observer, as well as the number of starters and foreign competitors, current ERC events with the lowest points total will be relegated to Coefficient 10 Rally Cups, while the rallies with the highest points in that Cup will be promoted to the ERC.
In order to assist in planning and organisation, the Janner Rally is confirmed in the 2012 ERC to take place between 5-7 January 2012.
FIA WORLD ENDURANCE CHAMPIONSHIP
In partnership with the Automobile Club de L’Ouest (ACO), an FIA World Endurance Championship will be created in 2012.
The calendar, comprising at least six events, will include the Le Mans 24 Hours.
FIA World Endurance Championship titles will be awarded to Constructors and Drivers, and an FIA GT Endurance World Cup will be created for Constructors.
From 2012 a new ‘GT World class’ will be created, balancing the performance of 2011 GT1 cars, 2009 GT2 cars and 2011 GT3 cars to enable them to compete in a single FIA GT World Championship. A review of the performance of these three categories of cars will be conducted in order to open up the Championship to a greater number of makes.
ELECTRIC AND NEW ENERGY CHAMPIONSHIPS COMMISSION
Amendments were made to the Sporting and Technical Regulations governing the Eco-Rallies included in the FIA Alternative Energies Cup, for immediate application.
A new Safety Equipment Approvals Group, reporting to the Safety Commission, will be formed with immediate effect. The Approvals Group will be responsible for ensuring there are common regulations for the homologation and labelling of safety equipment, in addition to other matters where consultation with manufacturers is required.
FIA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP CALENDARS
A Working Group, comprising the Presidents of the relevant Sporting Commissions and a representative of FIM, has been created to harmonise the calendars of the FIA.
FEDERATION INTERNATIONALE DE MOTOCYCLISME (FIM)
Senior representatives from the FIM, including President Vito Ippolito, Vice President Robert Rasor, and Sporting Director Ignacio Verneda, were invited to attend the meeting, which took place ahead of the fifth round of the Moto GP at the Barcelona circuit. Both the FIA and the FIM agreed to work in close collaboration in an effort to optimise safety and sustainability programmes, including the FIA Action for Road Safety campaign.