World Council approves F1 COVID-19 protocols, cost-cut measures

The FIA World Motor Sport Council has approved changes to this year’s Formula 1 regulations to incorporate the new COVID-19 protocols that will be introduced in Austria next month.

World Council approves F1 COVID-19 protocols, cost-cut measures

There have also been further refinements to the rules for future seasons as the FIA, F1 and the teams continue to seek ways of controlling costs.

Grid, race suspension and resumption, and podium procedures have all been adapted to deal with the new protocols. Curfew rules have been adjusted to allow for the social distancing rules.

Pirelli’s request to standardise tyre allocations to compensate for the fluid calendar has also been approved. 

The changes to the 2020 sporting regulations are as follows:

  • 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

Read Also:

For the 2020 and ’21 technical regulations there have been “adjustments and refinements” to the list of homologated components announced last month, and which defines what parts of the cars are frozen and how the token system works. In addition, a new rule has been added related to the “partial-load fuel mass flow rate” as the FIA continues to clamp down on fuel usage.

For 2021 there are refinements to the aerodynamic testing restrictions in the sporting regulations. 

Two intriguing additions to the technical regulations are a limit to the number of software versions a team can use in a year, and a limit to the number of fuel formulations and engine oil specifications that can be approved in a year.

shares
comments
Hospital confirms Zanardi undergoing surgery for head injury

Previous article

Hospital confirms Zanardi undergoing surgery for head injury

Next article

FIA details latest F1 rule changes ahead of season start

FIA details latest F1 rule changes ahead of season start
Load comments
How Verstappen has become F1 champion material Prime

How Verstappen has become F1 champion material

As Red Bull and Honda go all-out for victory in the Japanese engine manufacturer’s last season of its latest Formula 1 dalliance, Max Verstappen finds himself thrust into a compelling title fight with Lewis Hamilton. He told OLEG KARPOV about his evolution into a world championship contender and why Red Bull's no compromise ethos suits him down to the ground

Why long-run times should please Red Bull in Austin F1 battle Prime

Why long-run times should please Red Bull in Austin F1 battle

Mercedes has been on a roll of late in the ultra-tight fight to win the 2021 Formula 1 world championship. It started off well in practice at Austin for this weekend’s US Grand Prix, but Red Bull got closer as Friday unfolded and even seemed to find an edge in one critical area of what seems set to be set to be another close contest.

The six critical factors that could hand F1 2021 glory to Hamilton or Verstappen Prime

The six critical factors that could hand F1 2021 glory to Hamilton or Verstappen

The 2021 Formula 1 title battle is finely poised with six races remaining, as just six points separate championship leader Max Verstappen from seven-time champion Lewis Hamilton. In such a closely-fought season, the outcome could hinge on several small factors playing the way of Red Bull or Mercedes

Formula 1
Oct 22, 2021
Can Whitmarsh appointment help Aston succeed where its F1 rivals failed? Prime

Can Whitmarsh appointment help Aston succeed where its F1 rivals failed?

Aston Martin owner Lawrence Stroll is determined to make the group a billion-dollar business. MARK GALLAGHER analyses his latest play – bringing former McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh into the fold

Formula 1
Oct 22, 2021
Remembering Switzerland’s first F1 winner Prime

Remembering Switzerland’s first F1 winner

Stepping up to F1 in 1962, Jo Siffert shone with Rob Walker Racing Team and BRM before his career was abruptly ended in a fatal crash at Brands Hatch in 1971. Kevin Turner looks back at the life of Switzerland's first F1 winner on the 50th anniversary of his death

Formula 1
Oct 21, 2021
What Verstappen is risking with his current stance on 2021 F1 world title defeat Prime

What Verstappen is risking with his current stance on 2021 F1 world title defeat

OPINION: Max Verstappen is back in the lead of the 2021 Formula 1 drivers’ championship, with the season’s final flyaway events set to get underway in the USA this weekend. But a defensive stance he’s recently adopted could have a lasting impact for the Red Bull driver when it comes to his chances of defeating Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes

Formula 1
Oct 21, 2021
The hidden Ferrari struggle that Sainz’s recent charge put to rest Prime

The hidden Ferrari struggle that Sainz’s recent charge put to rest

Despite appearing to adjust to life as a Ferrari driver with relative ease, it was far from straightforward under the surface for Carlos Sainz. But, having made breakthroughs in rather different routes at the Russian and Turkish races, he’s now targeting even greater feats for the rest of the Formula 1 season

Formula 1
Oct 20, 2021
The final throes of Brazil's fleetingly successful F1 team Prime

The final throes of Brazil's fleetingly successful F1 team

Emerson Fittipaldi is better remembered for his Formula 1 world championships and Indianapolis 500 successes than for the spell running his eponymous F1 team. Despite a hugely talented roll call of staff, it was a period of internal strife, limited funding and few results - as remembered by Tim Wright.

Formula 1
Oct 18, 2021