The International Motor Sport Federation (FISA) has decided to ban four-wheeled-drive and six-wheel cars from Grand Prix racing next season, (1983).
SV Director of Federation International du Sport Automobile (FISA) Jean Marie Balestre speaking at news conference. (French SOT).
GV/SV Mechanics working on new six wheel Saudi Williams racing car with Balestre's voice over. (2 SHOTS) (French SOT).
SV/GV New Williams going round track (Balestre's voice over) (French SOT). (2 SHOTS)
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Background: The International Motor Sport Federation (FISA) has decided to ban four-wheeled-drive and six-wheel cars from Grand Prix racing next season, (1983). FISA has also rejected a document asking for so-called "skirts" to be allowed in 1983. The skirts, which were banned for security reasons last year, reduce airflow under the car and provide better traction. Speaking in Paris on October 14, FISA Director Jean Marie Balestre justified the decisions which have angered some constructors. M. Balestre said certain technical modifications were needed to ensure the security of drivers and spectators. The undercarriage of all racing cars will have to be flat. "Skirts" and other systems aimed at filling the space between car-body and ground will be banned. The height of the back-wing will be raised by ten centimetres (about four inches)
to increase rear-visibility. Constructors will have to provide better protection for drivers' feet petrol tank, and cars' side panels. Other modifications concern weight regulations. All cars shall be weighed with their petrol load, and weight controls will take place during trial runs. The ban on six-wheel cars means the British-based Williams team will not be able to run its new model, recently test-driven by French driver Jacques Laffite, who has just signed with Williams. The Formula One constructors Association (FOCA) will meet over the weekend of October 15-16 to discuss FISA's decisions.