The fourth and final meeting of the Formula 1 Commission in 2022 took place today ahead of the final round of the world championship.
The meeting was opened by FIA President Mohammed Ben Sulayem, who congratulated Formula 1 President and CEO Stefano Domenicali and all competitors on a hugely successful season, and looked forward to the continued development of the sport. to preserve its future.
“Formula 1 is clearly in a very strong position at the moment,” said Ben Sulayem, “and much of this growth and prosperity is due to the hard work of all FIA staff, officials and volunteers and to Stefano Domenicali and his organisations. I would like to thank them all, and of course also the Competitors represented here in the Formula 1 Commission who have put on a fantastic show this year. Based on recent races, I think we can expect to another very exciting year in 2023, and we will continue to make strides to improve the sport across the board and ensure that the growth we have seen this year continues.
“Formula 1 has had an amazing season and continues to grow around the world,” added Domenicali. “This would not be possible without the work of everyone involved at Commission level and all their teams. We are all working hard together to continually improve the sport for our fans and the President and I want to continue to maximize the best results for the sport so that 2023 is an even better year for Formula 1.”
Here is an overview of the key discussion points and decisions.
Review of regulatory and judicial processes
The Commission has been informed that the FIA is undertaking a comprehensive review of the Sporting Regulations for 2024 as part of its ongoing commitment to the evolution and refinement of its regulatory processes. FOM and teams will be consulted throughout the review, and any resulting changes are expected to be approved by the end of April 2023 in line with the FIA’s Formula 1 governance standard. In addition, the FIA will carry out a general review of its judicial process for 2024.
Wet weather update
Driver feedback suggested that there was reduced visibility in extremely wet conditions with this latest generation of cars, which is a driving factor in starting or having to suspend sessions.
Therefore, the FIA has launched a study to define a set of parts aimed at suppressing splashes generated when driving in wet conditions. The study focused on the following points:
Definition of a standard body kit, aimed at eliminating tire splashes when driving in wet conditions by using minimal bodywork at the wheels (wheel arches).
Understand the contribution of surface water captured by underground tunnels to understand its importance.
Ensure that the design does not unduly impede tire changes from pit stops.
Look for additional benefits such as additional lights to improve the visibility of the car.
Devices to be installed only before a race or during a red flag due to extreme humidity conditions
Preliminary work and an initial concept have been presented to the Commission, and the FIA will continue to work to refine the proposals, with further updates expected in 2023.
Network and power unit penalties
Possible updates to the sanctions relating to Power Unit infringements have been discussed by the Commission. It was agreed that the current system is not a sufficient deterrent for teams to make strategic power unit changes and encourages changing more items than necessary once a driver has accumulated more a certain level of penalty. This ultimately leads to higher part costs and undermines the annual PU element restrictions.
This will continue to be discussed within the Sport and Power Unit Advisory Committees for further analysis and refinement.
Tire Hedging Strategy 2023-2025
The FIA and FOM’s objective remains to remove the tire covers for 2024, but after much discussion and feedback from the drivers, the Commission has decided to postpone any final decision until July 2023, allowing data collection additional information and comments on the tests to fully inform the conclusions.
Activation of DRS after start, restart or safety car
The Commission has approved a proposal to assess a method to bring the peloton closer together and encourage closer races by advancing DRS activation by one lap at the start of a race or sprint session, or after a restart of the safety car. This will be tested during each Sprint session in 2023 with a view to introducing it for all races in 2024.
Parc Fermé for events including a Sprint session
Updates were discussed regarding ways to streamline parc fermé processes at events that include a Sprint session. As previously indicated by the Commission, events including a Sprint session place additional operational demands on the FIA due to the significant increase in Parc Fermé demands between qualifying and the Sprint.
Indemnity for accidental damage
The system put in place to deal with the impact of accidental damage during a Sprint session will be simplified. The allocation of accident compensation will be replaced by a fixed amount per team, per event including a Sprint session. The Commission approved the proposal to increase the amount of lump sum compensation for each Sprint from $150,000 to $300,000 starting in 2023. All other Sprint compensation (minor damages in accordance with Art.4.1(l )(ii) and property damage pursuant to Art.4.1(l)(iii)) will be waived.
Technical and financial regulations
Minor changes to the 2023 Technical and Financial Regulations were unanimously approved. Additionally, regulations introducing additional and stricter requirements for the strength of roll bars have been finalized for introduction in 2024.
All regulatory changes are subject to the approval of the World Motor Sport Council.