After two days of pre-season testing at Jerez in Spain concluded with cars struggling to complete a consistent series of laps, the FIA have announced that races for the 2014 season will be held with the cars secured to the back of low-loaders.
“It’s quite simple really.” Said Hugo Champagne, head of the rules committee for the sport. “With the changes this year in both aerodynamics and technology, the teams are struggling to meet the reliability required for a 70-lap race. Therefore, all circuits have been updated with recovery telephones every 200 metres. Cars will drive for as long as possible and, once they invariably break down, will park at the side of the circuit.”
Once the breakdown occurs, the drivers will then go to the SOS telephone, give their Green Flag membership number and be recovered within 60 minutes. The car will then complete the racing distance on the back of the truck. The FIA hopes this will keep interest in the sport, despite the raft of changes possibly turning it into a mockery.
One team firmly against this change is the struggling Marussia F1, who claim the addition of this rule will adversely affect them; firstly because their limited budget has prevented mileage accumulation, but mainly because they could only afford to pay for Roadside assistance.