The FIA have announced that Formula One teams are banned from developing their 2022 cars until the end of 2020. The announcement came on Tuesday following a conference call meeting of the World Motorsport Council.
It was also announced following the meeting that Pirelli who had 25 days of testing allocated for the year will not be allowed to conduct tyre testing during the year.
In a statement the FIA said:
FIA Formula One World Championship:
Changes for the 2020 Sporting Regulations have been approved in order to give flexibility to the FIA and Formula 1 to react to the crisis and organise a race calendar that best safeguards the commercial value of the Championship and contains costs as much as possible. This will be achieved by the following methods:
The addition of Article 1.3, in order to be able to change certain articles with 60% support amongst the teams, so as to increase flexibility during this difficult period. In any case a subsequent approval by the World Motor Sport Council will be required.
The permission for the FIA and Formula 1 to change the calendar without a vote (deletion of Article 5.5)
Changes to testing (Article 10.5)
Addition of Power Unit Manufacturers shutdown (Article 21.10 and 21.11)
Changes to permissible Power Unit elements if the number of races reduces (Article 23.3)
The banning of aerodynamic development for the 2022 Regulations during 2020 (starting on Saturday 28 March).
The World Council approved the previously-announced delay of the 2021 Technical Regulations to 2022 for cost-saving measures. Further measures will be introduced for 2021 following discussions with the teams. These will include the homologation of the Survival Cell (from 2020) and certain other components.
In addition, dual axis steering systems (DAS) will not be permitted in the 2021 regulations as defined in Article 10.4.2.
These technical changes have already received the required unanimous approval of the participating competitors, as they represent fundamental changes introduced after 18 months prior to the start of the year of the relevant Championship.
The global COVID 19 pandemic has forced the postponement or cancellation of the first eight Formula One Grand Prix of the season and although Canadian Grand Prix organisers say their race will go ahead in June this appears unlikely given that that the global aviation industry has gone into lockdown.