FIA announce a few changes


The FIA have been doing a little chatting and the world motor sport council convened to make a few changes for 2020. Checkered flags are back. The new Charles Leclerc clause and BBS as well as Magneti Marelli are the standards.

FIA Press Release:

The Council approved a number of changes to the 2020 Technical and Sporting Regulations, including:

  • Wording relating to the sampling and testing of fuel at the events to incorporate reference declarations
  • The reinstatement of the chequered flag as the definitive end-of-race signal
  • Wording to prevent teams from covering their cars during winter testing, in order to make these events more appealing to the media and fans
  • Minor corrections and adjustments to articles in both sets of Regulations

The Council confirmed the appointment of BBS as the single supplier of wheel rims starting in 2021, following its pre-selection on 5 July 2019. A consultation phase with the teams and BBS was conducted under the arbitration of the FIA Technical Department, with some resultant minor changes to the initial specification being approved today.

Following the pre-selection of Magneti Marelli for the fuel primer pump, and of Bosch for the high pressure fuel pump and piping by the Council on 30 July 2019, a phase of consultation with the teams, Power Unit manufacturers and the two prospective suppliers was conducted under the arbitration of the FIA Technical Department. Today, the Council proceeded to final appointment of the two suppliers.

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Power unit makers limited to just two? I dunno. Getting a little too “spec-y” (for lack of a better term) for my tastes. I thought competition was supposed to be healthy. What did I miss?