The F1 world is actively preparing to enter an era of completely new standards starting in 2021. However, the current COVID-19 pandemic situation is causing development disruptions and photo disruptions. significantly. Since then, FIA, F1 and related parties have agreed to come to a decision to postpone the time of applying the new standard to 2022.
The meeting between FIA, F1 and 10 teams on March 19 discussed the current pandemic situation and the impact of the pandemic this season, as well as a proposal to postpone the scheduled launch time. New standards later than 1 year.
The 2020 car will continue to be used in 2021
All agree that this is the most appropriate direction at the moment, with the hope of helping to reduce the financial burden on racing teams, especially when their revenue stream is reduced less due to fewer races taking place.
Official announcement issued by FIA: “All stakeholders discussed further the current situation of the 2020 season and the options that F1 will respond to the global pandemic challenges COVID-19 brings. again.”
In addition to the current financial situation, racing teams have agreed to use the 2020 car chassis for the 2021 season and suspend the development of other parts to be discussed later.
As noted above, the 2020 technical regulation will be rolled over to the 2021 season with further details to be discussed. The most significant of which is that the chassis of this season will continue to be used next year.
In addition, the development of aerodynamics under the new standard will be banned until the end of 2020. Thus, the racing team can only start researching new technical regulations from next year. The move is aimed at helping financially hard-hit teams “breathe” during these difficult times.
McLaren will need to have another plan to get the Mercedes “home” engine in its new car and this project will surely create a significant expense.