The powers that be at FIA have once again changed the rules for next years F1 season, with the two biggest changes being the addition of Italy’s Imola circuit and the engine freeze originally planned for 2008 brought forward. After the Japanese GP, the only engine development allowed will be to increase the rev limit to 19,000rpm.

Japan’s Suzuka circuit will be replaced by a circuit in Fuji, but the organizers at Suzuka are lobbying for Japan to host two races, with the Suzuka one being renamed to the Pacific Grand Prix.

Looking forward to 2009, the FIA is drafting a proposal concerning the recovery and re-use of energy while manufacturers would do the same for devices that could use waste heat and exhaust gases to help propel the 'hybrid' cars.