The ratification of the 2021 regulations has been postponed via a unanimous decision today at a special meeting today which included technical representatives from the teams, Pirelli and GPDA drivers Lewis Hamilton, Nico Hulkenberg and Alex Wurz.
There was some concern over extending the regulation debate for fear the larger teams would further dilute the proposed changes but apparently that was feat was assuaged. F1’s official site said:
Following discussions during the Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal and a meeting today, 13 June, in Paris between the FIA, Formula 1, Team Principals and Technical Directors from the ten teams, the championship’s single tyre supplier and a number of drivers – Lewis Hamilton, Nico Hulkenberg and Alexander Wurz – it has been unanimously agreed to defer the final presentation of the Technical, Sporting and Financial regulations for the FIA Formula 1 World Championship for 2021 and beyond until the end of October 2019.
While the FIA Formula 1 World Championship’s key stakeholders feel the core objectives outlined for the future set of regulations have been defined, in the interests of the sport it was agreed that the best outcome will be achieved by using the extra time for further refinement and additional consultation.
Furthermore, following today’s first meeting featuring the aforementioned stakeholders, a series of additional meetings will be held over the coming months.
The thought I had was the delay in car production based on a codified regulation set. I find it interesting to delay the regulations this long and wonder what basic regulation agreements may have been reached to allow teams to begin construction design of their 2020.
Sure, that, technically, two car designs away but if you consider that next year’s car may be designed on a technical set of regulations that would allow for an evolutionary move toward 2021, that would seem difficult to do given the delay. Time will tell but I am sure they were hoping for an approved set.
Ferrari boss Mattia Binotto said the regulations were still too green to vote on and that’s interesting in that F1’s Ross Brawn has been working on them for two years now.