Alcohol testing is essential to safety in motor sport

As it is no longer a doping prohibited substance, there was a necessity and an opportunity for the FIA to create its own alcohol testing system. The World Motor Sport Council has adopted anti-alcohol regulations (Appendix C to the International Sporting Code) in March 2018.

– What is the scope of the regulations?

- The presence of alcohol in a driver’s body during an International Competition is prohibited.

- The FIA and/or the Stewards on site can require a testing (random or targeted).

– What are the sanctions?

- Immediate disqualification from the race;

- A fixed scale of additional sanctions (See below).

– What are the control proceedings?

- The FIA will provide and maintain the equipment:

  • One breathalyser for the initial test;
  • Another breathalyser for the confirmation test (to be carried out in case the initial test is above 0 mg/L, taking into account the margin of error of the breathalysers);
  • Waivers regarding specific medical conditions such as endogenous ethanol production can be requested. ( )

- Alcohol testing will be performed by technicians trained and accredited by the FIA.

- Testing period:

  • 3 hours before race/qualification/ test
  • until 30 min after race/ qualification/test (specific procedure in case of podium ceremony).