2023 F1 New Regulations

The new regulations aim to make this year's F1 season more exciting than ever before.

The F1 2023 season is expected to be the longest season ever, as it is set to have 23 races. Mercedes has a difficult 2022 as the team after an eight-year streak of winning the championships, only managed to win one grand prix not by Lewis Hamilton, the seven time world champion but by George Russell. It was observed that the W13 wasn’t in a good state for the legend to win his record eighth championship. At the first day of the pre-testing season, on the 23rd of February, the porpoising W14 problem was minimal but not entirely solved and as a result F1 has introduced new regulations to help make the drivers have the best experience in the race series.

Technical Changes

In a bid to eliminate the problem of bouncing of cars, F1`s minimum ride heights have been raised by 15 mm and the diffuser throat has been increased to accommodate the bouncing problem. The new sensors will monitor the porpoising problem. The minimum weight has dropped by 2 kg from 798 kg to 796 kg. This ensures a reduction of the car digging into the ground during an accident, while they also ensure a minimum height at the point of application of the homologation test.

Tires in Qualifying

A “Revised Qualifying Format” will take place at up to two events in 2023 for the purpose of evaluating whether the revisions are suitable for subsequent championships as per the updated regulations. All drivers will be tasked to use hard tires in Q1 (first qualification), mediums in Q2 and soft in Q3. It is said that this will save a lot of tires without disrupting the entire F1 show.

More Sprint races

The amount of sprint races has been doubled for the 2023 edition (from three to six). There will be a total of six full sprints for weekends across the season. Meanwhile, the Sprint accident damage allowance will now be a fixed amount per team, for each race weekend that includes a Sprint session. The forfeit allowance for each Sprint will double to $300k from 2023 onwards, while all other Sprint damage allowances will be removed.

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Grid Penalties

Drivers who receive more than 15 cumulative grid positions penalties, or who have been penalized to start at the back of the grid, will start behind any other classified driver.

Gearboxes

For the 2023 edition, changes are only allowed in the case of material processes or proprietary parts becoming unavailable. FIA must approve of any change to be implemented to the gear boxes.

Alteration to rearview mirrors

The rearview mirrors have been changed with the main intention of improving visibility. The width of the rearview mirrors has been increased by 50 mm from 150 mm to 200 mm.

Reduction of working hours

For the next two seasons, the number of hours will be reduced. One of the three restricted periods will start an hour earlier in 2023, with another hour set to be taken off for the 2024 season. The number of curfews allowed for the first Wednesday and second Thursday will also be cut in half.

Extra freedom with fuel temperature

The F1 Teams have been granted extra freedom regarding the cooling of fuel. The fuel in a car must not colder than the lowest o either 10 degrees below ambient temperature or 10 degrees being cut from 20 degrees at a time when the car is running after leaving the competitor’s designated garage area.

Changes for wet weather

In order to improve visibility in wet conditions, there will be a new specification of wet tires for the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix onwards. A technical directive is set to be introduced to give the teams the opportunity to get involved in the new wet weather project.

Radio and Cost Cap

The F1 cost cap has been adjusted by $1.2 million-$1.8 million per race for every grand prix after 21 races. This will allow a greater scope to change components that are prone to getting damaged.

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