The FIA and Formula One held a meeting of the FIA Commission on Thursday regarding the future direction of Formula One. In a statement, Formula One said:

The first meeting of the F1 Commission in 2021 was held today, 11 February, in an
online format. The FIA and Formula 1 confirm that positive discussions took place on
a number of key topics relating to future Sporting, Technical and Financial
Regulations as well as the future direction of Power Unit regulations.

Formula One and the FIA have subject to approval from the World Motorsport Council agreed that the Portuguese Grand Prix at the Portimao circuit will take up the TBC slot on the 2021 Formula One calendar.

2021 Calendar

The group was updated on the “TBC” space on the current version of the 2021
calendar. It is the intention of Formula 1 to fill the position with a race at Portimão in
Portugal on the dates already held in the calendar. The final agreement is still
subject to contract with the promoter. Robust COVID-19 protocols enabled Formula 1 to run 17 events in 2020 and will
enable us to run a World Championship again in 2021. While changing
circumstances may require flexibility, the FIA and Formula 1 are working at all levels
from government to local organisation to ensure that the calendar goes ahead as
planned.

Proposed Regulation Change

In order to permit a more equitable distribution of tyre testing during 2021, and
taking into consideration the challenges presented to this programme due to the
move to 18” tyres and the COVID-19 Pandemic, the FIA, following the request of
Pirelli, proposed to increase the number test days allocated for such purpose from 25
to 30. This proposal was accepted unanimously.

Overview of key next Formula 1 generation car and PU objectives and proposed
anticipation to 2025

In a significant development for the sport that reflects the unity and collaborative
spirit between the FIA, Formula 1 and the teams, a vote on the freeze of Power Unit
development was undertaken during the meeting, and the proposal was
unanimously agreed by all teams and Power Unit Manufacturers. As such, engine
development will be frozen from the start of 2022.

A high-level working group has been established including current and potential
Power Unit manufacturers and fuel suppliers.

The definition of the objectives for the next generation of F1 car and Power Unit is of
the utmost importance to the FIA and Formula 1, and together with teams and
Power Unit manufacturers, there is strong alignment on the overall goals –
particularly the need to reduce cost and reach carbon neutrality.

The key objectives for the 2025 Power Unit are:
– Environmental Sustainability and social and automotive relevance
– Fully sustainable fuel
– Creating a powerful and emotive Power Unit
– Significant cost reduction
– Attractiveness to new Power Unit manufacturers

Environmental Accreditation

The FIA is pleased that Formula 1 and a number of the teams have achieved the
highest level of FIA Environmental Accreditation. This was discussed during the
Commission, with a glide path outlined for all teams to reach the highest level of
Accreditation over the coming years, with this goal being integrated into the
Formula 1 Sporting Regulations.

Cost controlAs 2021 sees the introduction of a cost cap for the first time in Formula 1, various
topics around controlling costs and how this overall objective can be achieved over
the coming years were tabled during the meeting. As part of this, a working group
will be created – including the drivers themselves – to discuss the topic of driver and
senior team management contracts.

Race weekend format
All teams recognised the major importance of engaging fans in new and innovative
ways to ensure an even more exciting weekend format. There was, therefore, broad
support from all parties for a new qualifying format at some races, and a working
group has been tasked with creating a complete plan with the aim to reach a final
decision before the start for the 2021 Championship.

Note that all regulatory changes are subject to approval by the World Motor Sport
Council.

 

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