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Formula 1 Makes Some Changes

New engines in, ban on team orders lifted.

Formula 1's governing body has passed a suite of changes, many of which will go into effect for the 2011 season. Starting next year, teams will be able to issue team orders for the first year since 2002, allowing the racing teams to rank their drivers and force drivers to allow their teammates to win. The KERS energy regeneration system is back for 2011, and adjustable rear wings will be allowed in order to encouraging passing—something the sport has been lacking in recent years.

The changes extend beyond next year, as well. Come 2012, broadcasters will be able to listen in on team radio communications, while in 2013, the previously-discussed 1.6 liter turbocharged inline-four cylinder that maxes out at 12,000 rpm becomes the racing series's new engine of choice. The new engine reportedly uses 35 percent less fuel while delivering equivalent performance—which works out to a savings of about 9,246 gallons of fuel per team per year. Or, to put it another way, that means each team will pump 178 fewer tons of CO2 into the air every year. Sounds like a win-win to us. [via CNN]

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