Under COVID-19 restrictions, the sport prepares for the return of racing in Austria next month. FIA has released details of the latest changes to the Formula 1 Sporting Regulations.
World Motor Sport Council officially passed the updates on Friday, and FIA publicly published on Saturday morning.
The FIA keeps the possibilities open by declaring that ‘the process for the podium ceremony will be detailed in event notes delivered by the race director.’ But FIA has not offered any details of how podium ceremonies will work for closed races.
The podium ceremony will run to the established procedures for the open events that feature spectators. For less time and few people allowed, the net measures are now squeezed to allow for social distancing.
The Race Protocols
Teams are now permitted to have 40 workers on the network, a figure that links to just half the overall headcount that they are now authorized to take to races.
The pit exit now closes 20 minutes before the start. This is because pre-race ceremonies are not permitted during the pandemic, which usually takes 30 minutes.
The tires used to fit 3 minutes before the race but now the cars will have to fit their tires 5 minutes early. After which the equipment trolleys and team personnel much commence leaving the grid
A new rule was passed! It indicates that no more than sixteen team workers for each contender are allowed on the grid after the three-minute indication is displayed.
And as usual, the remaining staff members will have to leave before the 15-second indication. The new tires fitting rule will also apply to race recommencement.
The teams are given small break with increased restriction rules. As they are already aware that COVID-19 practices will be making most of the garage tasks slower.
The curfew now continues for eight hours instead of nine so the workers can work one hour later Thursday and Friday eve.
A renowned tire company ‘Pirelli’ demanded more flexibility in terms of the timing of tire distributions in the context of a fluid calendar, which is now accepted.
The Comeback of Formula Racing
Previously, 15 weeks before flyaway races the tire supplier had to choose its multiple choices. And for events in Europe, they had to appoint 9 weeks before.
But, due to the current crisis, those requirements had to be deleted. And the new rules now say that the distributions should be made accepted unless or else verified by FIA. With the agreement of the supplier, no less than two weeks prior to each event.’
The fixed allocation of tires is two sets of hard, three mediums, and eight soft. So, teams will no longer decide how many sets of compounds their drivers will have for each weekend.
Supervisors should present at the start of the event to fulfill their duties. This is stated by the FIA for any steward allowing them to work remotely.