FIA issues new technical directives based on Ferrari settlement

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The FIA has issued two new technical directives to Formula 1 teams in order to tighten the regulations surrounding oil consumption and ERS management.

The directives come following the settlement signed between Ferrari and the FIA at the end of the 2019 season, which ensured that the Maranello outfit would aid the governing body with policing regulations going forward.

According to Motorsport, the oil consumption directive pertain to how the FIA measures the new limit, which was recently set at 0.3 litres per 100km of running, while an updated sensor will be fitted to monitor the distribution of ERS power.

The FIA reserves the right to add strict new systems to prevent teams getting around the limit and has put in place new procedures to stop the use of oil chemicals as a fuel additive.

On the ERS front, the sensors will be fitted to leading cars following growing suspicions that teams had been able to circumvent the limits put in place.

The report states that while the settlement came about due to suspicions over the legality of Ferrari’s power unit last season, the directives are not specifically aimed at the 2019 runners-up.

A statement issued when the settlement between the FIA and Ferrari was reached read: “The FIA and Scuderia Ferrari have agreed to a number of technical commitments that will improve the monitoring of all Formula 1 power units for forthcoming championship seasons.”

The 2020 Formula 1 season is set to get underway next month at the Red Bull Ring in Austria, with an eight-race calendar currently confirmed.