2019 World Finals - ABU DHABI
Rules & Regulations
WHAT’S NEW FOR 2019?
We’ve made some significant changes for the F1 in Schools World Finals 2019, so here is a quick summary of the main changes and why we’ve made them.
Download 2019 Rules & Regulations
Rule Classification System
For 2019, we have changed the way rules are classified. Previously, rules have either been highlighted as ‘Critical Regulations’ or not at all. Now, all regulations with a penalty fit into one of three categories: General, Safety, Performance. This change helps to guide teams as to the purpose of the rules, as well as allowing the judges to make sure the car is suitable to race. All rules classified in this way will carry points penalties, which (as before) vary in value to reflect the nature of the specific rule.
Removal of Critical Regulations
A very significant change to the way penalties are given at the F1 in Schools World Finals; Critical Regulations and the consequence of not being able to win the World Champions trophy are no longer present. This means that any team can become World Champions right up to the last race. The awards of ‘Fastest Car’ and ‘Best Engineered Car’ will still be available only for the best team in each area who have not broken any Performance regulations, but the World Champions trophy will stay within reach for all teams. However, it’s not just as simple as tactically breaking rules to gain a performance advantage, because the most important rules are now controlled by a new penalty system, called Proportional Penalties…
These are penalties that increase as the margin of failure increases. Basically, these prevent any team from taking a big points advantage from racing, by significantly breaking any of the Technical Regulations. If you see the PP+ symbol, this means a proportional penalty will be applied to any failure, which is explained on p11 of the 2019 Technical Regulations.
Updated car diagrams
We’ve updated our example car as seen in the Technical Regulations, this simply reflects the latest rule changes and is by no means our idea of the perfect F1 in Schools car! Remember the example car is for diagrammatical purposes only and should not be used as a template for your designs.
More support for the teams
We have inserted three new rules which give a fairer experience for all teams entering the World Finals. These are: T2.8 Benefit of Doubt, T2.9: Spirit of the Competition and T2.10: Plagiarism. Together, these rules allow the judges to use more discretion when applying marginal penalties, or stricter permissions when a team or teams are found to be acting outside the interests of the competition. Please read these new rules carefully on p12 of the 2019 Technical Regulations.
If you’re not sure, ask!
If, after sitting down and reading through the whole document, you still are not clear on how the competition will run in 2019, please just get in touch with the team using the contact details below and we will do out best to answer any queries. Remember, we’re here for you and all the changes we’ve made this year are to help make 2019 the best year ever for the competition, the teams and everyone involved. See you in Abu Dhabi!
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