The 2022 F1 season noticed main rule modifications within the sport. Many new parts have been put into automobiles and races, with drivers taking most benefit of those to attain factors.
With the 2023 season across the nook, F1 revealed some guidelines which were up to date within the sport. Though these are solely a handful, they’re necessary for groups and drivers to know and suggest in races.
Main rule modifications for the 2023 F1 season
Here’s a listing of the ten guidelines that F1 is altering for the upcoming 23-race season:
1. Adjustments in diffusers and journey top
The aerodynamic modifications within the automobiles within the 2022 season didn’t go very effectively for all of the groups on the grid. The bottom impact was implied once more after many years in expectation of the automobiles following one another intently. Whereas this was achieved, many groups, particularly Mercedes, AlphaTauri, and so on. suffered from porpoising.
To counter this, F1 has made modifications to the journey top of the automotive and likewise modified the diffusers. The ground edges have elevated by 15mm, with the diffuser top and stiffness additionally growing. Extra sensors will likely be utilized in automobiles to control the porpoising impact.
2. Modified roll hoops
The British Grand Prix at Silverstone did not go too effectively for Guanyu Zhou after a scary crash initially of the race noticed him flip the wrong way up, drag, and fly to the catch fence. Whereas his being completely protected after getting out of the automotive proves how protected F1 has change into, there was a lesson for the authorities to study there.
The roll hoop on the highest of his automotive broke proper after it turned the wrong way up. The ring is used to make sure that the motive force’s head is protected within the occasion of the same crash. Whereas Zhou was nonetheless protected due to the halo, the roll hoop breaking was a critical concern.
Following this, the authorities have mandated that the roll hoops have to be rounded on the high to cease them from digging into the bottom, and new bodily checks will likely be added to make sure their energy.
3. Lowered minimal automotive weight
A problem introduced up by many groups in 2022 was the brand new minimal automotive weight — 798kg with out gas — which made the automobiles a lot slower. Nonetheless, the minimal weight has been diminished by 2kg for the brand new season, which implies that the automobiles can go even quicker.
4. Higher mirrors for extra visibility
Though that is much less talked about, drivers have a really restricted view of trailing automobiles. Nonetheless, F1 has labored on that and the rear-view mirror on the automobiles may have their reflective width elevated from 150mm to 200mm.
5. Extra dash weekends
Dash races, which have been launched in 2021, have been held solely thrice each season. Nonetheless, with growing curiosity amongst followers and hosts, F1 has determined to double that quantity. There will likely be 6 dash races to look at in 2023, and Azerbaijan, Austria, Belgium, Qatar, United States, and Sao Paulo would be the venues.
6. Change in Paddock’s working hours
F1 workforce members may have some reduction of their working hours for the upcoming season. The third of the three restricted intervals will start an hour earlier this 12 months, which will likely be efficient on Fridays, and one other full hour will likely be swiped off for 2024.
7. Revised Qualifying Format and DRS trials
A Revised Qualifying Format (RQF) will likely be launched within the 2023 season and its format will likely be utilized in two occasions. This can have mandated tire compounds for every stage of the three-part qualifying session.
Q1 will solely see using arduous tires, mediums will likely be mandated for Q2, and softs solely in Q3. On the similar time, intermediate and moist tires will likely be allowed if it rains in the course of the classes.
Drivers will likely be allowed to make use of not more than 11 units of slick tires, 4 intermediates and three moist tires. Utilizing DRS after only one lap of a security automotive throughout a race may also be evaluated for a chance to make use of it on a regular basis within the 2024 season.
8. Gearbox modifications
Groups will now be allowed to make modifications to their homologated gearboxes. The one modifications that groups have been allowed to make have been to resolve reliability issues or for value financial savings. Now, if supplies or components are unavailable, groups will likely be allowed to switch their gearboxes. Nonetheless, clear documentation and prior approval from the FIA will likely be required.
9. Clearing up the penalty confusion
Forward of the grid penalty confusion that was precipitated on the Italian Grand Prix in 2022, rules have now been up to date to keep away from any such confusion sooner or later. The section reads:
“Labeled drivers who’ve accrued greater than 15 cumulative grid place penalties, or who’ve been penalised to begin behind the grid, will begin behind every other labeled driver. Their relative place will likely be decided in accordance with their qualifying classification.”
10. Flexibility in cooling the gas
Reliability may see modifications for the workforce, particularly in hotter races, due to one other small change that’s being made for the automobiles. This can give the groups extra freedom to chill their gas, impacting their efficiency and reliability.
The gas in automobiles shouldn’t be colder than 10 levels centigrade beneath the ambient temperature, or simply 10 levels centigrade. Beforehand, this restrict was at 20 levels, however now, this small change may show out to be useful for the groups.
Whereas these modifications may have an effect on the result of the 2023 season in a giant approach, F1 authorities are in talks for extra modifications for the 2024 season already. There may be additionally speak of eliminating the tire blankets that groups at present use for 2024. This can make the tires extraordinarily chilly for the drivers and it’ll change into difficult for them to carry them as much as temperatures.