F1 set for driver aids clampdown from Belgian GP

Formula 1 is set to impose a clampdown on driver aids from this year's Belgian Grand Prix, following an agreement by the sport's chiefs at the Strategy Group.

After a lengthy meeting at Biggin Hill on Wednesday, it has been agreed that a raft of measures to make cars more challenging to drive are being fast tracked, as Motorsport.com revealed earlier this week.

Key among these will be a cut back on radio coaching and the imposition of manual race starts, which is set to be brought in from the race at Spa-Francorchamps next month.

A statement issued by the FIA said: "Increased restrictions on driver aids and coaching received unanimous support and will be rapidly implemented, starting from this year's Belgian Grand Prix – with a particular emphasis on race starts – and in 2016.

"These measures will bring back the driver in full control of the car, enhancing races excitement and unpredictability."

Weekend format under discussions

As well as pushing forward with the idea of faster cars for 2017, thoughts are also being given to the idea of a revised qualifying and race format for next year.

It is understood that this could go as far as a shorter race on Saturday or a completely revised qualifying format.

More tyre choice

The Strategy Group also approved plans for teams to be given a choice of tyre compounds for 2016.

The teams will now consult with Pirelli about how best to achieve this.

The changes approved by the Strategy Group now need to be approved by the F1 Commission, prior to being ratified by the FIA World Motor Sport Council later this month.

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