'Constructive' F1 Strategy Group meeting points to progress

'Constructive' F1 Strategy Group meeting points to progress
May 14, 2015, 6:09 PM

Formula 1 chiefs are understood to have made ‘constructive’ progress in efforts to plot a better path for the sport in Thursday’s crunch Strategy Group meeting at Biggin Hill.

Felipe Nasr, Sauber C34, Marcus Ericsson, Sauber C34 and Jenson Button, McLaren MP4-30 at the start of the race
Max Verstappen, Scuderia Toro Rosso STR10 and Felipe Massa, Williams FW37 at the start of the race
Bernie Ecclestone and Maurizio Arrivabene, Ferrari Team Principal
Bernie Ecclestone
Start: Nico Rosberg, Mercedes AMG F1 W06 leads
Robert Fernley, Sahara Force India F1 Team Deputy Team Principal and Bernie Ecclestone

Although no specific details about what was agreed have been revealed, Motorsport.com understands an official summary statement could be released as early as Friday about the situation.

Despite those involved in the meeting staying tight-lipped on what was approved, sources have indicated that there were some positive steps.

It is unclear at the moment whether this involves actual agreement on specific rules, or a consensus on how to approach the framing of regulations.

The six leading teams, the FIA and Bernie Ecclestone got together for more than six hours of talks to discuss a wide range of issues relating to the future of F1.

As well as running through short term rule changes like a fifth engine, longer term matters like a wind tunnel ban, wider tyres, cost control and engine regulations were all tabled for discussion.

Items that gain majority support can be passed to the F1 Commission for approval – before any rules are then ratified by the next FIA World Council meeting which takes place in Mexico on July 10.

F1’s governance structure means that any rule changes for this year (such as a fifth engine) or 2016 will need unanimous approval at the F1 Commission. Changes for 2017 only need majority support.

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