New formula-1 rules: Mandatory pause for engine manufacturers

To give the FIA and Formula 1 the flexibility to respond to the crisis, to organize a race calendar and to preserve the commercial value of the championship and to keep costs as low as possible.”Thus, the World Motor Association FIA justifies the changes to the rules, One of the key points of the innovations is t hat FIA President Jean Todt has been given full personal authority to make rapid decisions in the “organisation of international competitions in the 2020” season.

Death “rules” but does not “rule” as “sovereign”, but has to agree with his Vice-President for Sport, the Secretary-General for Sport and the President of the respective Sports Commission, if the subject falls within the respective competence.

Mandatory closure for three weeks

Specifically for formula 1, some changes, the procedure for adopting amendments to the rules. Until now, changes after the 30th April of the previous year require unanimity among the teams. In the future, a 60-percent majority will suffice (for some but not for all articles), as laid down in the new Article 1.3 of the Sports Regulation.

The World Association has also deleted Article 5.5. It said, “The final race calendar will be published by the FIA before January 1st.” Now the slogan reads: “FIA and formula 1 have the permission, Means: Those responsible can act in the short term.

In fact, in the short term, this rule change comes: For all power train manufacturers, a shutdown has been approved for 21days in a row. This closure will take place between March and April. This is reflected in Articles 21.10 and 21.11 and is linked to the a mandatory summer break for all teams.

New component lists for 2020

At the time of closure, the engine manufacturers are not allowed to carry out tests directly on their own or indirectly via suppliers and also the production and development of parts must rest. In short: a complete forced pause for the entire plant and its employees.

Speaking of drives: If the number of races falls below 14 Grands Prix in the 2020 season, then according to Article 23.3, a driver may not do more than two combustion engines, two MGU-H, two turbochargers, two energy storage tanks, use two single electronic packages and two MGU-K.

In case less than eleven races are run, the number of energy storage and unit electronics is reduced from two to one unit.

No 18-inch test runs in the year 2020

Furthermore, the planned test runs with the new 18-inch wheels of Pirelli have disappeared, the 2020 should have taken place.

A one-day young driver test for riders with two Formula One races or less experience can take place two days after the season finale at the same place. What is new is that the teams can use two current cars in parallel.

In addition, the FIA has banned any aerodynamic development for the new formula-1 rules postponed to 2022 for the season 2020. This applies retroactively from the 28th of March 2020.

Next year the Mercedes idea is taboo

The shift of the new formula-1 regulation from 2021 to 2022 has now been formally confirmed by the Motorsport World Council, “for cost reasons”, as stated in the explanatory statement.

“Further action will follow 2021 after talks with the teams, including homologation of the survival cell (from 2020) and other components.”

In addition, the World Association technically prohibited two-axial steering (DAS), “These technical changes have already received the necessary unanimity of the participating teams,” said the FIA. This unanimity is imperative because the rules can only be changed in this way in an 18-month period before the beginning of the season.