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F1 To Overhaul Regulations To Prevent Loopholes
February 7, 2020
If a team discovers a loophole under the current rules, officials must wait until after the season ends to make changes to the regulations. In 2021, officials will be able to make changes when necessary throughout the season.
F1 To Overhaul Regulations To Prevent Loopholes

Formula 1 officials have announced plans for a complete overhaul of the championship’s sporting, technical and financial regulations. As part of this revamp, F1 motorsport boss Ross Brawn says there will also be tweaks to the way the sport is governed to allow the FIA and F1 to make changes to the rules more quickly if a team has found a loophole.

Currently, all ten competing teams must agree to a rule change if it is made during the season. If a team discovers a loophole under the current rules, officials must wait until after the season ends to make changes to the regulations. In 2021, officials will have the ability to make changes when necessary throughout the season.

"The governance in the past has been the teams have to all agree to make a change. We’re pushing through governance where we can make changes much more on short notice than at the present time,” Brawn said to foruma1.com.

“If you exploit a loophole in the future, you can be shut down at the next race, which you could never do now… If one team stands out there with a solution that has never been conceived, and has never been imagined, and destroys the whole principle of what is trying to be done, the governance would allow, with sufficient support from the other teams, to stop it. This is a whole different philosophy.

“Then what happens is someone who has a loophole thinks, ‘Do I want to use it or do I want to tell the FIA about it as it wasn’t intended?’ You’ve found a loophole in the regulations and you turn up at the first race and the FIA say, ‘Sorry chap, that wasn’t intended, we’re going to hold a meeting now and if everyone agrees, apart from you, we’ll stop it’.”

For more information, visit formula1.com.