The FIA (International Automobile Federation) announced on Wednesday the changes that will be introduced in Formula 1 in the coming years, both in the technical regulations and in the sports, in order to minimize damage as a result of the crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic, including a budget limit and cars that will be heavier.
A new budget ceiling that avoids harming the weakest teams, the freezing of elements or a system of 'tokens' that limit development stand out among the changes envisaged by the queen category of motorsports in its sports, technical and financial regulations, which were approved, with the unanimous support of all the teams of Formula 1 at the telematic meeting this Wednesday by the World Motorcycle Council r (World Motor Sport Council) and which will govern during this year and the following two.
Regarding the technical regulation, it is announced, with a view to 2020 and 2021, the 'freezing' of the chassis and the gearbox, as well as different mechanical components and impact structures . A 'token' system has been designed that will limit modifications, according to the specific needs of each interested party. This season, whose new calendar has not yet been made official, includes limits to the evolution of the power unit, while for next year the simplification of the flat bottom and an increase in the weight of the single-seaters are expected, which will have a weight minimum of 749 kilograms.
As far as the sports regulations are concerned, this year rules will be created regarding the personnel present on the circuits, both in the case of closed-door events or those who can welcome the public. Likewise, updates are planned in the regulation of the use of tires, aerodynamic tests will be reduced and there will be restrictions of the test bench of the power unit to save costs.
By 2021 there will be further reductions in aerodynamic tests and by 2022, a series of important specific aspects of the regulations are established, including curfews, restriction on the number of components, scrutiny and closed park requirements.
These amendments to the regulations are integrated into the technical regulations of 2022 approved by the World Council on March 30, 2020 and will be reviewed during 2020 and 2021, as announced by the FIA this Wednesday.