FIA scraps traction control ban

After a recent meeting with teams, the FIA has agreed to scrap the ban on traction control. The ban on automatic gearboxes and launch control will go ahead as planned in 2004 but the teams' position was that it would be very expensive to them and...

After a recent meeting with teams, the FIA has agreed to scrap the ban on traction control. The ban on automatic gearboxes and launch control will go ahead as planned in 2004 but the teams' position was that it would be very expensive to them and engine manufacturers to do away with traction control.

The teams were unanimous in their request to not go ahead with the ban and the FIA agreed -- with the proviso that complying with the request would ensure engine manufacturers will supply independent teams at affordable rates.

Pit-to-car telemetry remains banned but the car-to-pit ban was withdrawn when teams proved the benefits outweighed the cost. Radios are still permissible so long as they do not transmit data and the FIA has access to the transmissions.

The majority of the other regulations introduced this year were unchanged or had only minor revisions.

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