Formula 1 will make “drastic improvements” to car safety in
2021, along with other minor tweaks to the upcoming regulatory overhaul.
The World Motor Sport Council met in Geneva on Friday and agreed
a raft of alterations, including safety enhancements for next season.
It confirmed that there will be “drastic improvements to the
strength and energy absorption of the chassis in front, lateral and rear
There will also be a mandatory use of tethers for the rear
wing and rear impact structures, while a number of updates will “considerably
improve electrical safety on the cars.”
Formula 1 is set for a regulatory overhaul next year in a bid
to produce cars that produce less ‘dirty air’ and therefore allow for a better
quality of racing.
It was confirmed that there will be “changes to the front
wing profiles to prevent downwash which would have resulted in a severe
compromise to the overall objectives to allow cars to race more closely.”
The front wing endplates, top bodywork and rear wing endplates
have also been modified in order to provide teams with more commercial space.
The regulations dictating next year’s budget cap have also been
slightly tweaked in order to “allow monitoring activities to be performed by
Cost Cap Administrators at any point in time, remotely, or at F1 Teams’
Formula 1 teams will be permitted to spend no more than
$175m annually from 2021, though several elements – including engine
development, marketing activities and driver salaries – are not included.