WMSC approves changes to 2020-21 regulations

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The FIA’s World Motor Sport Council has approved the proposed changes to the 2020-21 Formula 1 sporting and technical regulations, it has been announced.

Following the Council’s approval of the 2020, 2021 and 2022 Technical and Sporting Regulations by e-vote on 27 May, further meetings have taken place between the Formula 1 Teams, Power Unit Manufacturers, and the FIA in order to refine them. The main adjustments approved by the Council today are as follows:

Changes to the 2020 Sporting Regulations
A number of adjustments to facilitate the Return to Racing operations as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. These include:

  • 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

Changes to the 2020 and 2021 Technical Regulations

  • Addition of Article 5.1.6, related to the partial-load fuel mass flow rate
  • Adjustments and refinements to Article 22, concerning the newly-introduced Homologated Components

Changes to the 2021 Sporting Regulations

  • Refinements to the Aerodynamic Testing Restrictions

Changes to the 2021 Technical Regulations

  • Limitation to the number of software versions a team can use in a year for cost reasons
  • Limitation in the number of fuel formulations and engine oil specifications that can be approved in a year for cost reason