Following a one of a kind Formula One season, filled with improvised solutions to keep the circus moving. The FIA has introduced a new changes in the regulations for the 2021 F1 season.
The changes affect maximum race duration, tires’ selection & usage, safety, and team entry fees.
Maximum Race Duration:
The maximum race duration according to article no. 5.3 of the 2021 Formula 1 Sporting Regulations, shall be equal to the least number of completed laps that exceed a distance of 305km.
However, should two hours’ elapse before the scheduled race distance is completed, the leader will be shown the end-of-race signal when he crosses the control line (the Line) at the end of the lap following the lap during which the two (2) hour period ended, provided this does not result in the scheduled number of laps being exceeded.
According to article 5.3 (b), the length of the suspension shall be added to this period (2hrs) up to a maximum total race time of three hours instead of four as per the old regulations.
Tires’ Selection & Usage:
Prior to COVID-19, teams used to pre-order their sets of tires several weeks before each race date. However, due to the COVID-19, the regulations were changed allowing Pirelli to preselect the same set of tires for all teams. The set included 8 soft compound tires, 3 medium compound tires, and 2 hard compound tires.
Since COVID is still around, unfortunately. The FIA extended Pirelli’s authorization in preselecting the tire compounds for the 2021 Formula One season.
Due to the chaos that occurred during George Russell’s Mercedes pit stop at the 2020 Sakhir GP, the one when George got Bottas’ tire and then he had to pit again to change them. The FIA a new regulation that didn’t exist before to cover such situations.
The regulation states that any driver who uses a set of tires that don’t belong to him or they are a different spec during the race, may not cross the start/finish line more than twice before returning back to the pits to change them. If the driver fails to do so, a penalty will be imposed on the driver. The severity of the penalty ranges from 5 second time penalty to a complete disqualification.
To avoid any race restart carnages similar to the one that occurred at the 2020 Tuscan GP. The FIA changed the race restart under safety car regulation. The new rule states that the race will be resumed behind the safety car when the green lights are illuminated, and the safety car leaves the pit lane. Drivers must follow the safety car no more than ten car lengths apart.
Season Entry Fees:
The 2021 F1 regulations introduced an increase on the team’s season entry fee. Effective in 2021, each team will pay a flat fee of $569,308.00 (USD) in addition to $5,691.00 (USD) for every point collected in the previous season except the champion of the previous season. The champion of the 2020 F1 season shall pay $6,830.00 (USD) for every point collected during that season.
These were the highlights of the new 2021 F1 regulations that were introduced by the FIA. What do you think about them? What regulations would add or remove? Share them in the comments below so we can discuss
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