At Imola today, on the eve of the first pre-season test, the AFIA unveiled the new aerodynamic package that will be in use in FF1M from the 2016 season.
As a result of these widesweeping changes all aerodynamic development will be fully reset at the end of the 2015 season. Teams who choose to work on next seasons car during the 2015 season will also receive a boost to that development and can switch development following the Canadian Grand Prix.
However, they were quick to point out that “Anyone switching development to the 2016 car would receive no development at all to the 2015 car for the rest of the season and, once switched, development cannot recommense on the 2015 car”
Paddock insiders have claimed that there will also be changes to the ERS systems from 2016, with the updates designed to provide greater flexibility for teams who wish to use the system during races. Due to these changes ERS development is also set to be reset at the end of the season.
Additionally, sources claim that the AFIA will propose to manufacturers that ERS will be opened up to customer teams from 2016 onwards. Use of ERS in races is currently one of the benefits of being a Manufacturer and the AFIA are said to be considering making it optional for manufacturers to allow use of ERS on customer cars and for manufacturers to be able to set limits on its use.