FIA confirm several, significant F1 rule changes

Date published: March 31 2020

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The FIA has announced a series of confirmed changes to Formula 1’s sporting regulations to help safeguard the sport as much as possible.

With Formula 1 on hold for the foreseeable future, the latest World Motor Sport Council meeting has seen swift action be taken in order to quickly react to current events and protect the sport in the process.

The latest piece of legislature confirms some notable changes, including a change in the voting system with some decisions now only need 60% approval in order to be moved on for ratification by the WMSC.

Also confirmed is the full control of the calendar by the FIA and Formula 1, so teams will not be voting on any potential changes or schedules.

The 2021 regulations delay is now also set in stone, as is a ban on all aerodynamic development relating to what are now the 2022 regulations.

The dual-axis steering system, introduced by Mercedes in Barcelona, has not been a given a stay of execution for another year due to the rules delay.

The full FIA statement read:

‘Changes for the 2020 Sporting Regulations have been approved in order to give flexibility to the FIA and Formula 1 to react to the crisis and organise a race calendar that best safeguards the commercial value of the Championship and contains costs as much as possible.

This will be achieved by the following methods:

The addition of Article 1.3, in order to be able to change certain articles with 60% support amongst the teams, so as to increase flexibility during this difficult period. In any case a subsequent approval by the World Motor Sport Council will be required.

– The permission for the FIA and Formula 1 to change the calendar without a vote (deletion of Article 5.5)
Changes to testing (Article 10.5)

– Addition of Power Unit Manufacturers shutdown (Article 21.10 and 21.11)

– Changes to permissible Power Unit elements if the number of races reduces (Article 23.3)

– The banning of aerodynamic development for the 2022 Regulations during 2020 (starting on Saturday 28 March).

– The World Council approved the previously-announced delay of the 2021 Technical Regulations to 2022 for cost-saving measures. Further measures will be introduced for 2021 following discussions with the teams. These will include the homologation of the Survival Cell (from 2020) and certain other components.

– In addition, dual axis steering systems (DAS) will not be permitted in the 2021 regulations as defined in Article 10.4.2.

These technical changes have already received the required unanimous approval of the participating competitors, as they represent fundamental changes introduced after 18 months prior to the start of the year of the relevant Championship.’

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