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 have been up to date within the sport. Though these are solely a handful, they’re essential for groups and drivers to grasp and indicate 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 trip peak
The aerodynamic modifications within the automobiles within the 2022 season didn’t go very nicely 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 carefully. Whereas this was achieved, many groups, particularly Mercedes, AlphaTauri, and so on. suffered from porpoising.
To counter this, F1 has made modifications to the trip peak of the automotive and likewise modified the diffusers. The ground edges have elevated by 15mm, with the diffuser peak and stiffness additionally rising. Extra sensors shall be utilized in automobiles to control the porpoising impact.
2. Modified roll hoops
The British Grand Prix at Silverstone did not go too nicely for Guanyu Zhou after a scary crash at first of the race noticed him flip the other 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 turn out to be, 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 other way up. The ring is used to make sure that the motive force’s head is protected within the occasion of an identical crash. Whereas Zhou was nonetheless protected due to the halo, the roll hoop breaking was a severe difficulty.
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 shall be added to make sure their power.
3. Decreased minimal automotive weight
A problem introduced up by many groups in 2022 was the brand new minimal automotive weight — 798kg with out gasoline — which made the automobiles a lot slower. Nevertheless, the minimal weight has been diminished by 2kg for the brand new season, which signifies that the automobiles can go even sooner.
4. Higher mirrors for extra visibility
Though that is much less talked about, drivers have a really restricted view of trailing automobiles. Nevertheless, F1 has labored on that and the rear-view mirror on the automobiles could 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. Nevertheless, with rising curiosity amongst followers and hosts, F1 has determined to double that quantity. There shall be 6 dash races to observe 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 could have some reduction of their working hours for the upcoming season. The third of the three restricted durations will start an hour earlier this yr, which shall be efficient on Fridays, and one other full hour shall be swiped off for 2024.
7. Revised Qualifying Format and DRS trials
A Revised Qualifying Format (RQF) shall be launched within the 2023 season and its format shall be utilized in two occasions. It will have mandated tire compounds for every stage of the three-part qualifying session.
Q1 will solely see the usage of laborious tires, mediums shall be mandated for Q2, and softs solely in Q3. On the similar time, intermediate and moist tires shall be allowed if it rains in the course of the classes.
Drivers shall 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 even 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 price financial savings. Now, if supplies or elements are unavailable, groups shall be allowed to switch their gearboxes. Nevertheless, clear documentation and prior approval from the FIA shall be required.
9. Clearing up the penalty confusion
Forward of the grid penalty confusion that was prompted on the Italian Grand Prix in 2022, laws have now been up to date to keep away from any such confusion sooner or later. The phase reads:
“Categorised drivers who’ve accrued greater than 15 cumulative grid place penalties, or who’ve been penalised to start out behind the grid, will begin behind every other categorized driver. Their relative place shall be decided in accordance with their qualifying classification.”
10. Flexibility in cooling the gasoline
Reliability may see modifications for the workforce, particularly in hotter races, due to one other small change that’s being made for the automobiles. It will give the groups extra freedom to chill their gasoline, impacting their efficiency and reliability.
The gasoline in automobiles shouldn’t be colder than 10 levels centigrade under 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 end result of the 2023 season in an enormous method, F1 authorities are in talks for extra modifications for the 2024 season already. There’s additionally speak of eliminating the tire blankets that groups presently use for 2024. It will make the tires extraordinarily chilly for the drivers and it’ll turn out to be difficult for them to deliver them as much as temperatures.