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Sauber’s 2014 F1 Chassis passes crash test

Sauber has confirmed that its 2014 F1 chassis, the C33, was officially homologated this week after passing the FIA’s stringent crash tests.

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Budget Cap to be introduced in 2015

Formula 1 will introduce a budget cap from the start of 2015, with basic terms being agreed at a meeting of the sport’s Strategy Group and Commission in Paris on Monday.

A working group will now be put together to determine the finer details of the cuts, including representatives from governing body the FIA and commercial rights holder FOM, and Formula 1 team members.

A deadline for the regulations to be decided in full has been set as June of next year.

The concept, which has long been under discussion, was put under the spotlight once more this season, with a number of teams admitting to financial struggles.

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Finale to be worth double points from 2014

Formula 1 drivers and teams will be awarded double points for the final round of the season from 2014 onwards, with the sport attempting to prolong and increase the excitement of championship battles.

The tweak was agreed by the sport’s Strategy Group and Commission in Paris on Monday, and will immediately become part of the regulations as both bodies were handed rule-changing rights by the World Motor Sport Council (WMSC) last week.

Both the Drivers’ and Constructors’ standings will be affected, with 50 points going to the winner, 36 for second place, 30 for third and so on throughout the top ten positions.

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Teams reject forced pit-stop proposal

Formula 1 teams have rejected a proposal to force drivers to make at least two pit-stops at each Grand Prix.

FIA President Jean Todt and Formula 1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone had initially discussed the idea in Abu Dhabi, with tyre supplier Pirelli eager to avoid a repeat of the failures it suffered at the British Grand Prix.

But when it was highlighted at the latest meeting of the Formula 1 Sporting Group and Commission, it received no support from teams, who were concerned about artificial strategies and similar race scenarios.

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Daimler and Aabar acquire Mercedes GP

It has been confirmed that Daimler, parent company of Mercedes-Benz, and Abu Dhabi-based Aabar Investments have now bought out 100 percent of the Mercedes GP Formula 1 team from Team Principal Ross Brawn, who until recently owned just under a quarter of the Brackley-located outfit.

The World Champion team of 2009 was purchased by Englishman Brawn following the sudden departure from the sport of former owners Honda in December 2008, although Daimler AG and Aabar Investments have now completed their full acquisition of the squad.

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