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FIA approves new F1 regulations for 2020-2022 seasons

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The FIA has approved the new Formula 1 regulations for the 2020, 2021 and 2022 seasons, after the World Motorsport Council took a vote on Wednesday.

A whole new set of regulations were due to be introduced for the 2021 season, however, as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, the FIA agreed to postpone these until 2022.

But, although the main aerodynamic regulations have been pushed back by a further year, the FIA has still agreed to a number of changes to the regulations that are aimed to reduce costs for all teams.

As of this year there will be a limitation on the number of power unit upgrades allowed and a number of components will be frozen in regards to development, including the chassis, gearbox and the impact structures.

Teams will be able to make use of a token system, similar to that previously introduced for engine regulations in the V8 era, and these will allow “a very limited number of modifications in accordance to the competitors’ specific needs.”

The tyre regulations are also being amended for 2020, so that testing of new Pirelli compounds can be undertaken in Free Practice 2 rather than at separate events.

Aerodynamic testing and power unit test bench restrictions are also being introduced to reduce costs, while a number of provisions are being made for both “open” and “closed” events.

For 2021, teams will have to work with a simplified floor ahead of the rear tyres, so that the increase of downforce can be moderated, and the minimum weight of the cars will be increased to 749kg.

Further restrictions on aerodynamic testing will be imposed, and the FIA will introduce a bias between a team’s championship position and the amount of testing allowed in a bid to close the gap between the top three teams and the midfield.

A $145m cost cap is being introduced from 2021, and it will be reduced to $140m in 2022 and to $135m for the 2023-2025 seasons.

The FIA has also confirmed that from 2022 a number of additional curfews, restricted number components and parc ferme prescriptions will be introduced in addition to the 2022 Technical regulations that were agreed in March.

 

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