FIA has now made official the World Motor Sport Council decisions, decisions made in a meeting that was held in Paris this Wednesday. As specified by the statement, the reunion was hosted by: FIA President Mohammed Ben Sulayem with FIA Deputy President for Sport Robert Reid and WMSC members joining in person and via video conference.
In some important notes, the meeting gathered some important decisions on the category pinnacle of motorsport, such as there is:
→ The regulations governing car limitations during tyre testing have been updated
→ The timing of the official pre-event media activities for Drivers has been updated. This activity will now take place within a two-hour window, 23 hours prior to the scheduled start of Free Practice 1
→ Deflection tests for Rear Wing Mainplane Trailing Edge and Beam Wing Flexibility have been updated
→ Fuel will now be permitted to be chilled to 20°C at hotter races. The temperature reference will be taken one hour in advance of the session
→ Regulations regarding mirrors have been updated to allow greater rearward visibility
→ An update has been made allowing a Power Unit to be replaced in Parc Fermé with one of a newer specification
→ A provision has been made to allow for temporary repairs to be made to Power Units
Adding to that, some light has been shed on topics such as Sprint Races and Qualifying format, as is reported that 2023 regulations still allow just for three Sprint events to be held during the championship calendar.
Moreover, the traditional Qualifying format is set to be modified, as the FIA has approved a new format where only hard compounds would be allowed during Q1, changing to drivers lapping with yellows on Q2 and finally giving it all permitting only the use of the soft tyres on the decisive Q3. This change is allegedly being tested during two events in 2023, pending its total approval for 2024 and beyond.
The FIA also took the opportunity to update on its strategy to transition towards a state of net-zero emissions in 2030, by “reducing carbon emissions in alignment with the Paris Agreement,” concluding that:
“A first Environmental Report has been finalised, covering the achievements since the adoption of the strategy and outlining next steps. The report revealed that the FIA’s carbon footprint decreased by 31%. According to the report, out of the 21 objectives for 2021, 17 have already been fully achieved.”
There was also an update on: “the standard for protective clothing for drivers and an update of the flame-resistant clothing. In particular, heat transmission protection for gloves has increased by one and half seconds on the palm and two seconds on the rest of the glove. The new gloves will be compulsory in Formula 1 from January 1, 2023.”
A future FIA World Motor Sport Council meeting in 2022 is set to be held on October 19th and another one later in December.