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    FIA places roadblock on F1’s dash race growth

    Following a gathering of the F1 Fee in London, plans by F1 proprietor Liberty Media to extend the variety of dash occasions met little resistance from groups.

    However, when the matter got here all the way down to getting the bulk help it wanted, the unanimous backing from the rivals and FOM was not sufficient to push the matter by way of because the FIA didn’t help the plan in its present guise.

    For the dash growth to get put in to laws for 2023, it wanted what is called a ‘easy majority’ of 25 votes from the 30 on supply between the groups (10), the FIA (10) and FOM (10).

    With solely the groups and F1 in settlement, the FIA’s resistance meant the proposal failed for now.

    Sources have indicated that FIA president Mohammed Ben Sulayem, who chaired the assembly, instructed contributors that he was solely keen to go forward with having extra sprints if a monetary contribution was made to the governing physique.

    Whereas his stance prompted some anger inside the room – with one supply suggesting it was motivated by ‘greed’ – the FIA did later agree that it might examine precisely what affect the additional sprints have on its personnel earlier than reconsidering the matter.

    In an announcement issued by the FIA after the assembly, the governing physique stated: “With the primary of three dash occasions of the 2022 season well-liked with followers and stakeholders final weekend on the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, Method 1 and the groups have been supportive of an extension to 6 dash occasions for the 2023 season, working with the identical format as in 2022. 

    “Whereas supporting the precept of an elevated variety of dash occasions, the FIA continues to be evaluating the affect of this proposal on its trackside operations and personnel, and can present its suggestions to the Fee.” 

    Talks additionally came about concerning the newest on the 2026 engine guidelines, however one of many preliminary points that emerged is about guaranteeing {that a} proposed discount in energy doesn’t make F1 vehicles too sluggish.

    The present turbo hybrids are among the many strongest in F1 historical past, however the tweaks for 2026 – which embody shedding the MGU-H – may see horsepower figures drop.

    With F1’s 2022 technology of vehicles being heavy and fairly draggy, there are worries that straight line speeds may undergo if the powerunits don’t produce as a lot efficiency. F1 groups have due to this fact been requested to go away and take a look at how finest to make sure the vehicles ship what is required.

    The FIA has outlined proposals that it desires the vehicles to have the ability to produce to allow them to complement the modifications to the engines.

    These are, in line with the FIA, to take care of and enhance on current classes discovered about shut racing and vehicles having the ability to observe one another, make the vehicles smaller and lighter, enhance the quantity of ordinary or sustainable elements and proceed innovation on security, shifting in direction of energetic and linked security methods.

    The F1 Fee unanimously authorized an replace to the 2023 Technical Rules that can make the usage of helmet cameras obligatory, and it’ll scale back the tyre allocation over a race weekend from the present 13 units all the way down to 11.

    The assembly additionally coated the affect that rising prices and inflation have been having on groups as they battled the price cap. 

    It was agreed that F1’s Monetary Working Group shall be requested to debate the matter and give you a proposal that may assist ease any issues over each the quick and long run.

    The F1 groups additionally mentioned the most recent on the 2022 calendar, however it’s understood that no remaining resolution has but been taken about which occasion will exchange the cancelled Russian Grand Prix.

    Whereas Qatar had emerged because the early front-runner to get the slot, considerations concerning the excessive temperatures at the moment of the yr, and logistics because the nation prepares for the soccer World Cup, has quelled a few of the momentum behind the occasion taking place.

    As a substitute, as first reported by Autosport, one thought that’s gaining traction is for Singapore to host back-to-back occasions, which might be logistically fairly easy.

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