Formula 1 lifts helmet design restrictions from 2020

Date published: March 7 2020

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The World Motor Sport Council has approved a change to the 2020 regulations to remove restrictions on helmet designs.

Since 2015 drivers have been limited to one full helmet design change in a season – the rule was created in an effort to make drivers more easily recognisable in their cars.

The rule earned very few friends over the years though. Sebastian Vettel, who in the past regularly changed his helmet designs has spoken out against the rule previously.

And last season Daniil Kvyat was told by the FIA that he would be fined heavily if he used the helmet he had designed specifically for his home race – the Russian Grand Prix.

The changes to the 2020 sporting regulations will now allow for “unrestricted variations to driver helmet designs between races”.

There have also been some alterations made to the upcoming regulation changes for 2021, as reported by Crash.net.

The FIA confirmed changes to the rules on front wing profiles to prevent air downwash which would have had a negative effect on the ability for drivers to follow each other closely and overtake.

Front wing endplates, top bodywork and rear wing endplates have also been altered so that teams have more space to display sponsor logos.

The chassis regulations have been tweaked to improve the strength and energy absorption from lateral, front and rear hits, while there are also changes to the electrical workings on the cars.

Also the rear wing and rear impact structure will be tethered, while Kulite have been confirmed as the official supplier for power unit pressure and temperature sensors from 2021-2023.

Perhaps the biggest part of the new regulations is the $175million-per-season budget cap which will come into effect from 2021.

The FIA have now released a detailed document breaking down how the cap will work and how teams must submit their accounts, which can be read here.

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