2010 to feature low-fuel Q3 sessions - FIA

F1's governing body late on Wednesday published the sporting and technical regulations for the 2010 season. The headline amendments are the removal of the highly contentious budget cap and two-tier elements, but it was also confirmed that Bernie...

F1's governing body late on Wednesday published the sporting and technical regulations for the 2010 season.

The headline amendments are the removal of the highly contentious budget cap and two-tier elements, but it was also confirmed that Bernie Ecclestone has once again failed to have his 'medals' scoring system implemented.

'Q3' qualifying, meanwhile, will be contested with low-fuel, with the FIA confirming that refuelling "during a race is forbidden".

A mooted increase in testing for 2010 has not materialised, with only eight straight-line tests and limited running on "promotional" tyres excluded from the strict in-season testing ban.

Additionally, wind tunnel testing is limited to 60 per cent (or smaller) scale models, and tunnel speeds capped at 50 metres per second.

Tyre-warming blankets, however, have survived, and the eight-engines-per driver regulation remains in force despite speculation of a move to five engines.

Also remaining the same is the one-gearbox-per-four-races rule, but the car-plus-driver limit has increased to 620kg, with KERS to remain officially legal in 2010 despite the FOTA agreement to not use the energy-recovery systems.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Bernie Ecclestone