FIA announces latest F1 rules changes

Under the extraordinary circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic, and at the close of the first FIA eConference, members of the World Motor Sport Council convened remotely from locations across the globe for the second meeting of 2020, chaired by FIA President Jean Todt and FIA Deputy President for Sport Graham Stoker.

FIA Formula One World Championship
The Council noted the approval of the first eight events of the 2020 FIA Formula One World Championship by the FIA President on 2 June. The calendar is as follows:

03-05 July 2020AustriaSpielberg
10-12 July 2020AustriaSpielberg
17-19 July 2020HungaryBudapest
31 July – 02 August 2020Great BritainSilverstone
07-09 August 2020Great BritainSilverstone
14-16 August 2020SpainBarcelona
28-30 August 2020BelgiumSpa-Francorchamps
04-06 September 2020ItalyMonza

Following the Council’s approval of the 2020, 2021 and 2022 Technical and Sporting Regulations by e-vote on 27 May, further meetings have taken place between the Formula 1 Teams, Power Unit Manufacturers, and the FIA in order to refine them. The main adjustments approved by the Council today are as follows:

Changes to the 2020 Sporting Regulations
A number of adjustments to facilitate the Return to Racing operations as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. These include:

  • Ability for the Stewards to operate remotely in exceptional circumstances, should the conditions require it
  • Adjustments to team curfew periods because of working conditions under social distancing
  • Amendments to the tyre allocation regulations to give greater operational flexibility to the FIA and Pirelli
  • Introduction of Team Personnel Limits at the starting grid
  • Adjustments to the certain race procedures (start, race resumption, etc.)
  • Definition of the Podium Ceremony for Open and Closed Events to cater for COVID-19 restrictions

Changes to the 2020 and 2021 Technical Regulations

  • Addition of Article 5.1.6, related to the partial-load fuel mass flow rate
  • Adjustments and refinements to Article 22, concerning the newly-introduced Homologated Components

Changes to the 2021 Sporting Regulations

  • Refinements to the Aerodynamic Testing Restrictions

Changes to the 2021 Technical Regulations

  • Limitation to the number of software versions a team can use in a year for cost reasons
  • Limitation in the number of fuel formulations and engine oil specifications that can be approved in a year for cost reasons
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Tom Firth

Definition is an interesting term on the podium ceremony. It basically says see the event notes at various locations for closed event procedures, this will be because the FIA can’t be certain on local variants I imagine.

Tom Firth

O also I’ll repeat what I put under your podcast here, I think ultimately getting to this point in the sporting regs has been quite a co-operative process rather than the FIA saying this is it, judging by the various changes we’ve seen on different version of the sporting regs this year so not so worried that its going to cause any particular massive issues. Some of it also goes back to similar rules in 2019.