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Titanium skids for safety, not sparks - FIA

July 15, 2014 .- F1 is not mandating titanium be fitted underneath next year's cars solely to create sparks, the governing body insists. After tests on a couple of cars were carried out during Austrian grand prix practice last month, the FIA has now committed to introducing new rules for 2015. It was reported that the sole reason for adding titanium to the skid blocks was to create the kind of spectacular sparks that characterised the 80s. But, in the wake of criticism that F1 is too often reverting to 'artificial' rules to inject excitement, the FIA insists the new skid block rules are in fact to "ensure they are made from a lighter material and are better contained". "The...
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