“A number” of changes have been made to F1’s technical regulations for 2008, it was confirmed by the FIA on Friday.
The most significant change is the banning of traction control, after all the competing teams agreed to the amendments at a meeting in Paris of the World Motor Sport Council on Wednesday.
F1’s governing body, the FIA, reintroduced traction control to F1 in 2001, after it was originally banned in 1993.
In 2001, the FIA argued that policing the ban had become too difficult, but next year the electronic ‘brain’ of every F1 car – the ECU – will be standard, making detection of illegal systems theoretically simple.
The width of next year’s F1 cars, meanwhile, has been reduced by 200 millimetres, while the reintroduction of slick tyres has been delayed and the engine ‘freeze’ rules slightly relaxed.