Daily: 18th March 2009

18 March, 2009 at 00:01 (GMT)

By Christine Blachford

Obviously the majority of conversation yesterday was dominated by the FIA regulation tweaks, and who am I to try and buck the trend? Here are some of the things on topics right now:

  • The new points/wins tally things seems to be a halfway point between Bernie's medals idea and the way it used to be. So far, we've seen a lot of instant reaction to this decision, but my only real concern is that the championship will be over too soon.
  • At first, it seemed as though the FIA were relaxing the testing regulations, but it was not to be. What they have said is that teams can indulge in a specific number of straightline tests at a specific set of tracks. The problem is, this starts from Jan 1st 2009. Can you really backdate regulations like that?
  • Finally, the budget cuts seem to be awfully low, and as they are not mandatory, there's a worry that F1 will become almost two different beasts in the same show.

So, it's fair to say that none of the new regulations have been greeted with joy, but are they really that bad? Share your thoughts today, and we'll keep our eye on any new stories and paddock reactions as they filter out during the day. I will see you in the comments.

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