Teams reject forced pit-stop proposal
10 December 2013 – 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.
A bid to raise the minimum weight limit, which would have helped the sport's heavier drivers, was also rejected, meaning the figure will remain at 690kg for the introduction of the new turbocharged 1.6-litre V6 powertrains.
Various regulation changes ahead of the 2014 season were outlined by the FIA on Monday afternoon.