The Formula 1 strategy group have met today and have announced tougher rules for shark fins and T-Wings for the 2018 season.
The current design trend amongst teams sees them adopting the shark fins that used to be on the cars back in 2010, as part of the increased focus on aero in 2017.
However with failures seen on Mercedes at the last two race weekends, one of which resulted in significant damage to Max Verstappen’s Red Bull when it struck his floor, there will be restrictions in place which clamp down on T-Wings and shark fins for next season.
“Changes in the regulation boxes around the engine cover have been made so that designs incorporating the ‘t-wing’ and ‘shark fin’ will be strictly limited” say the FIA in their statement.
Standing starts after red flags to also be introduced next month
In their statement the FIA also said that standings starts will take place following red flag periods, keeping in line with the current rule which states that drivers will also take standing starts if the race is deemed to wet to start under normal conditions.
This will be introduced next month during the Spanish Grand Prix weekend, with Pirelli also getting the green light to develop 2018 wet weather tyre compounds using previous specifications of cars and wheel dimensions.
“Measures will be taken to ensure that oil will not be used as fuel. In addition, only one specification of oil may be used for any given power unit during an event” was also announced, in leu of the recent rumours that some teams including Mercedes might be using oil burn trickery in order to gain more from combustion.