Rules governing late night for mechanics have been tightened by the FIA Moves such as this will be outlawed under the 2011 FIA rules

The FIA has revealed more information on the series of new rules being brought into Formula 1 from next season, with new rules governing driving standards and race mechanics’ working hours.

A late-night curfew for all mechanics will apply to all team personnel “associated in any way with the operation of the cars” to prevent teams performing ‘all-nighters’ to work on car set-ups or perform repairs on damaged machines.

However, the governing body has granted each team to have four breaks of the rule during the season, such as in the event of an emergency repair required for a major accident.

The other new – or stricter- rule governs acceptable driving standards, set up no doubt in the wake of Michael Schumacher’s particularly robust defence against Rubens Barrichello during the closing laps of the Hungarian Grand Prix.

“Manoeuvres liable to hinder other drivers, such as more than one change of direction to defend a position, deliberate crowding of a car beyond the edge of the track or any other abnormal change of direction, are not permitted,” the FIA’s newly-published rulebook reads.

Breaches in driving standards can now be punished with a one-race ban that Race Stewards can impose.

Hopefully this helps to clean up some of the more robust defence we’ve seen by certain figures on the grid.

[Original images via Sutton Images]

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