F1 Commission Meeting

At the F1 Commission Meeting, key decisions that could shape the future of the sport will be discussed.

There are several key elements that have been agreed upon in the latest Formula One commission meeting, which include a budget cap raise and alterations to the Jeddah track.

Formula 1 is now geared up and have gone for an official pretest that was on 23 to 25 February in Bahrain. It is from this test where teams usually gather crucial and important data on their new challengers ahead of the F1 2023 season opener at the same venue on the following weekend.

Before the teams got stuck into the business of testing, the FIA held its first Formula One Commission meeting of 2023 on 21 February. It was overseen by the F1 president Stefano Domenicali and the newly appointed FIA director Nikolas Tombazis, who is the day-to-day contact for teams after the previous president Mohammed Ben Sulayem stepped down from his throne.

The commission meeting has actually led to a raft of important changes in the F1 series, so let us check out the new rulings and features which have come into effect. Technical and financial regulations in Formula One's budget cap have descended to a limit of $135 million for the year 2023, but the ruling is that if the calendar goes above twenty-one rounds, then there will be an additional amount per race.

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Furthermore, shortened races will now be in accordance with the FIA’s category system for points allocation. Even if they do not end with the race being suspended following an update to the wording of the rule. This subject proved particularly confusing at the 2022 Japanese GP, where Max Verstappen was crowned as the World Champion after being awarded full points for his victory, despite only having completed 28 laps.

In addition, a winter shutdown has been agreed upon for teams and power unit manufacturers, while it has been clarified to make it easier for the FIA to access team factories to judge compliance with the Financial, sporting and technical regulations. Infrastructure will be constructed at the Lusail International Circuit, which is the host of the Qatar Grand Prix, and the pit stop positions at Zandvoort will shift 1.5 meters apart.

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The DRS detection and activation points in Bahrain, Jeddah, Melbourne, Baku and Miami will be altered. It has been confirmed that a fourth DRS zone will be added at Albert Park for the Australian grand Pix. 

Now with six sprint events scheduled for the Formula One events in 2023, the FIA is looking to reduce its work load by allowing more freedom on the components which can be changed on cars under the Parc Fermé conditions, this relates to components that are prone to getting damaged.

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