Personalised Numbers and Double Points among changes announced by FIA

A meeting of the F1 Strategy Group and the Formula One commission in Paris today have resulted in a number of big changes to Formula One.

Firstly, drivers will be able to choose a personalised number. Previously a driver was given a number based on his performance in the drivers championship the year beforehand, combined with the performance of his current team. Now, however, a driver will be asked to choose a number between 2 and 99 which he will use for the entirety of his F1 career. Number 1 will be kept for the current world champion who can choose to change his number.

Secondly, the FIA announced that double points will be awarded to both team and driver in the final race of a given season. This is to raise the importance of the final race, which has seen many championships won and lost down through the years.

The meeting today also decided to implement a cost cap to help even out the playing field. The limit will be introduced in January 2015 and the cap will be decided by a specially formed working group by the end of June 2014.

Finally, A Pirelli tyre test is to be permitted from the seventeenth to the nineteenth of December 2013 to test the 2014 compounds. All teams have been invited, with Red Bull , Mercedes, Ferrari, McLaren, Force India and Toro Rosso accepting thus far.

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