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29th Feb 2024

Formula 1 2024: Rule revisions set the stage for a thrilling season

Sophie Collins

Formula 1 continues to evolve its rules to maintain its status as the pinnacle of motorsport.

The 2024 season will see several significant changes across various aspects of the sport, ranging from race procedures to safety standards.

So, let’s delve into the key rule modifications set to shape the upcoming season of Formula 1.

Engine regulation ahead of 2026 changes

The anticipation surrounding the 2026 Formula 1 season primarily revolves around significant changes in engine regulations.

Despite the eagerness among teams and fans alike, regulations prohibit teams from starting work on their 2026 cars until early 2025.

This limitation ensures a level playing field and heightens anticipation for the incoming innovations in engine technology.

‘Right to review’ process

In a bid to streamline race outcome challenges, Formula 1 has revised the ‘right to review’ process for the 2024 season.

Unlike in 2023, where teams had a generous 14-day window to contest race results, the new regulation mandates a concise four-day period – or the equivalent to 96 hours.

Additionally, teams are now required to pay a €6,000 fee to the FIA upon approval of their review requests.

Lando Norris
Credit: Getty

Extreme weather conditions and sprint format

To mitigate heat-related issues faced by drivers, Formula 1 introduces allowances for multiple air ducts aimed at enhancing driver cooling.

There will also be some alterations in the sprint race format, scheduling the sprint shootout on Friday and the sprint race on Saturday, to optimise the race weekend experience.

The 2023 Qatar Grand Prix highlighted serious challenges posed by extreme weather conditions, prompting F1 bosses to make adjustments for the 2024 season.

Reversal of engine rule change and DRS adjustment

A notable move away from initial plans involves the retention of the four-engine limit per driver for the 2024 season.

This decision, jointly made by the FIA, Formula 1, and participating teams, ensures operational stability and minimises penalties in light of expanded Grand Prix weekends.

Modifications to the Drag Reduction System (DRS) activation timing also aim to enhance race dynamics, allowing for immediate DRS activation post-safety car periods.

Financial equality

Formula 1 is hoping to level the financial playing field by revising capital expenditure (CapEx) limits for teams based on their standings since 2020.

There will also be substantial fines in place for code violations underscoring Formula 1’s commitment to upholding integrity and sportsmanship.

Stricter safety standards and calendar expansion

Enhanced safety standards, illustrated by stringent roll hoop requirements, reflect Formula 1’s unwavering commitment to each driver’s welfare.

Additionally, an expanded calendar featuring a record-breaking 24 races promises heightened excitement for fans worldwide.

The return of the Chinese Grand Prix also shows the extent of Formula 1’s global reach and resilience amidst external challenges.

While Formula 1 embraces innovation, the 2024 rule adjustments underscore a balance between tradition and progress.

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