BMW approves rule compromise

BMW approves rule compromise

Engine manufacturer BMW has approved the rule changes set out by the FIA now that a compromise has been reached with the teams. Initially the FIA revealed some hard-hitting regulation changes but after meetings with the Technical Working Group ...

Engine manufacturer BMW has approved the rule changes set out by the FIA now that a compromise has been reached with the teams. Initially the FIA revealed some hard-hitting regulation changes but after meetings with the Technical Working Group (TWG), the time frame for the implementation of the changes has been altered.

Gerhard Berger and Mario Theissen.
Photo by BMW PressClub.
BMW motorsport director Gerhard Berger thinks the FIA's first set of changes was a ploy to make the teams pay attention: "In order to reach a sensible solution, the FIA initially made drastic and ambitious demands," he told the BMW website. That was the pre- condition for proper discussions."

"Now the discussions have been held and a sensible compromise has been made. Most of the proposals made by the FIA have been approved upon, however, for a different time frame. Now everyone has enough time to get used to the new regulations."

Fellow BMW director Mario Theissen agrees and said the Williams team is already working on making alterations to the car: "The new regulations are acceptable for us; we are already working on them," he said. "The new regulations aim at the limitation of costs and at re-increasing the attractiveness of the races. BMW supports these aims without reservation. After intensive discussions with the teams, the FIA put the far-reaching rule changes in a practicable time frame."

The most notable compromise was the use of radios -- originally the FIA proposed banning radio communication but it will now be permitted, on an open broadcast system. Safety was an issue raised in regard to lack of radio contact. Two-way telemetry is banned effective immediately but car to pit telemetry is allowed until 2004. Traction and launch control and automatic gearboxes will be outlawed as from the British Grand Prix, to give teams time to alter electronic systems.

FIA & TWG compromise on new rules

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Gerhard Berger , Mario Theissen
Teams Williams