The F1 racing world is actively preparing to enter an era of completely new standards starting in 2021. However, the current COVID-19 pandemic situation is causing development disruptions and photo disruptions. significantly. Since then, FIA, F1, and related parties have agreed to come to a decision to postpone the time of applying the new standard to 2022.
Partially reducing the financial burden on racing teams
The meeting between FIA, F1 and 10 teams on March 19 discussed the current pandemic situation and the impact of the epidemic this season, as well as a proposal to postpone the scheduled launch time. New standards later than 1 year.
All agree that this is the most appropriate direction at the moment, with the hope of helping to reduce the financial burden on the racing team, especially when their revenue is reduced. less due to fewer races taking place.
Official announcement issued by FIA: “All stakeholders discussed more the current situation of the 2020 season and the options that F1 racing will respond to the global pandemic challenges COVID-19 brings. again.
In addition to the current financial situation, racing teams have agreed to use the 2020 car chassis for the 2021 season and suspend the development of other parts to be discussed later.
“The introduction and implementation of financial regulations will continue as planned by 2021. Discussions of solutions to significantly reduce operating costs among stakeholders will continue to take place. out in time to come. All racing teams expressed their support for FIA and F1 in their efforts to restructure the 2020 season amid the complex epidemic. ”
As noted above, the 2020 technical regulation will be rolled over to the 2021 season with further details to be discussed. The most significant of which is that the chassis of this season will continue to be used next year.
In addition, the development of aerodynamics under the new standard will be banned until the end of 2020. Thus, the racing team can only start researching new technical regulations from next year. The move is aimed at helping financially hard-hit teams “breathe” during these difficult times.
Maintaining the chassis for two consecutive years presents an interesting challenge for McLaren, who will move the engine supplier from Renault to Mercedes, despite the 2021 technical specification being pushed back one year. Each Power unit of each manufacturer has a different structure and shape, so it will not be simple to remove the Renault engine and put the Mercedes into “a note”.
McLaren will need to have another plan to get the Mercedes “home” engine in its new car and this project will surely create a small expense.
New financial standard 2021
New regulations on costs have been in place since 2021, specifically the annual budget limit of $ 175 million – which includes costs related to the car’s performance. From there, racing teams will be forced to research and develop new cars by 2022 – according to the new technical regulations – within the new F1 budget constraint framework.
This is a move to help the game be more balanced, no longer too large gap between the “child” teams “sponsored” from the big car industry with small, independent racing teams, no get great development resources.
The racing schedule for 2020: Delayed/canceled 8/22 races
F1 is expected to start only as early as the end of May. Therefore, recently, the first 4 races took place in Europe in May and early June, all have announced the postponement / Official cancellation, bringing the total number of delayed/canceled sections in 2020 to 8/22. In particular, the Netherlands, Spain, and Azerbaijan will only be postponed, while the most luxurious F1 racing in Monaco will be canceled in 2020.
The race, traditionally held in the last week of May, has been on the annual racing schedule since 1955 to the present (starting in 1929). In addition, according to the Monaco Automobile Club (ACM), they also canceled the historic Monaco GP leg, which took place two weeks earlier. The reason is that it is impossible to organize the race at a different time than expected.
The organization will be difficult because this is a street race if it takes place at an unusual time will affect many aspects of the surrounding places.
Meanwhile, the race organizers in the Netherlands and Spain, as well as Azerbaijan, will continue to work closely with FIA and F1 to find a suitable racing schedule in the coming months. However, the latest announcement made by F1 racing is that they will try to organize 15-18 races this year.
So after Australia and Monaco, there will be at least 2 other countries that will have to bid farewell to F1 this year. It is understandable that there are not too many vacancies so that the delayed races can fill in the back of the season.
F1 racing teams have accepted and are ready with a tight schedule ahead, and FIA will only “give the green light” for the tournament to be started as early as June when all conditions are safe.
This information is disappointing for everyone, but it is a necessary and reasonable direction at this time because the most important thing is that everyone is safe and indoors, if not What is really needed.
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