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FIA Announces World Motor Sport Council Decisions

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05.03.21

The World Motor Sport Council convened today in Geneva for the first meeting of 2021. The meeting was hosted by FIA President Jean Todt with Deputy President Graham Stoker and WMSC members joining by video conference from around the world.

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The FIA President reminded council members that in the 12-months since the last physically-attended WMSC meeting in March 2020, the FIA has maintained a strong level of governance across all disciplines and all regions despite these unprecedented times.

The FIA President led a one-minute silence which was observed by members in memory of all those from the global motor sport community who have fallen victim to the COVID-19 pandemic. He also paid tribute to the Finnish rally driver Hannu Mikkola who passed away recently. The President said: “Hannu was a great champion and a gentleman. I’ve had the privilege of being his co-driver many years ago. My thoughts are with his loved ones and the families of the members of the FIA community who passed away due to the pandemic.”

The following is a summary of the decisions taken during the meeting:

FIA Formula One World Championship

The World Council has agreed to grant a one-year extension to the existing exclusive tyre supply contract with Pirelli to reflect the original intention of the 2018 tyre tender and remain within the overall technical framework in the best interests of all relevant stakeholders. The COVID-19 pandemic obliged the FIA and Formula 1 to implement emergency measures that included the cancellation of tyre development tests last year and the postponement of planned new technical regulations – which included 18-inch tyres – from 2021 to 2022. As a result, 13-inch tyres will be used during the 2021 season, with a move to 18-inch tyres in 2022.

The FIA Safety Department presented the findings of the investigation into the incident involving Romain Grosjean at the 2020 FIA Formula 1 Bahrain Grand Prix – further details of which can be found here.

Following the confirmation of Portugal as the venue for round three, the revised 2021 FIA Formula One World Championship calendar is as follows:

28 March 

Bahrain

Sakhir 

18 April 

Italy

Imola 

2 May 

Portugal 

Portimao 

9 May 

Spain 

Barcelona

23 May 

Monaco 

Monaco 

6 June 

Azerbaijan 

Baku

13 June 

Canada

Montreal 

27 June 

France 

Le Castellet 

4 July 

Austria 

Spielberg

18 July 

Great Britain 

Silverstone

1 August 

Hungary

Budapest 

29 August 

Belgium

Spa-Francorchamps 

5 September 

Netherlands

Zandvoort 

12 September 

Italy 

Monza 

26 September 

Russia 

Sochi

3 October 

Singapore

Singapore

10 October 

Japan 

Suzuka 

24 October 

USA 

Austin 

31 October 

Mexico 

Mexico City 

7 November 

Brazil

São Paulo 

21 November 

Australia 

Melbourne 

5 December 

Saudi Arabia 

Jeddah* 

12 December 

Abu Dhabi 

Yas Marina 

*Subject to circuit homologation

FIA World Rally Championship

The Council approved the final Rally1 technical regulations, including an update of the 1.6 turbo engine details.

FIA Rally - 2022 WRC and ERC Sporting Pyramid

 

The principles of a Rally Sporting Pyramid, to be implemented for the FIA World Rally Championship with complementary details for the FIA European Rally Championship, have been approved. The ambition of this new structure is to align the championships names with the car categories names (e.g. Rally2 cars compete in WRC2), to identify a common theme of Open and Junior categories between the series, and to reinforce the positioning of the FIA European Rally Championship both as a feeder  series for the WRC and a goal in itself by creating a clear pathway.

In application of these principles, the WRC2 classification, open to the Rally2 category, will feature an Open Championship and a Junior Championship for drivers under 30. The WRC3 classification, open to the Rally3 class, will also feature an Open Championship and a Junior Championship for drivers under 29.

Similarly, the ERC3 classification, open to the Rally3 category, will feature an Open Championship and a Junior Championship for drivers under 28, while the ERC4 classification, open to the Rally4 and Rally5 classes, will equally have an Open Championship and a Junior Championship for drivers under 27.

In addition to age limits, experience restrictions will be implemented in the Junior Championships. As a result, former champions will not be allowed to put their titles back into play.

For both the WRC and ERC classifications, awards for Rookies, with less than three participations before the start of the season, and Masters, for drivers over 40 years old not included on the FIA Regional Priority List, will be created.

As a next step, details will be defined to reflect these principles in the sporting regulations.

FIA World Endurance Championship

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation, it was necessary to revise the 2021 calendar. A revised calendar has been approved as follows: 

26-27 April

Belgium

Official Prologue - Spa-Francorchamps*

1 May

Belgium

TOTAL 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps

13 June

Portugal

8 Hours of Portimão*

18 July

Italy

6 Hours of Monza

21-22 August

France

24 Hours of Le Mans*

26 September

Japan

6 Hours of Fuji

20 November

Bahrain

8 Hours of Bahrain

*new dates

FIA Women in Motorsport Commission

The final phase of the 2020 FIA Girls on Track – Rising Stars programme came to a successful conclusion at the Ferrari Driver Academy in Maranello, Italy. Postponed from November 2020 to January, due to the pandemic, the five-day assessment was the final step for the four finalists after nearly a year of selection and evaluation. During a live broadcast on the FIA Women in Motorsport Commission’s Facebook page, Dutch/Belgian born Maya Weug was announced as the winner and became the first-ever female driver to become a student of the Academy. Weug will also contest a 2021 Formula 4 championship certified by the FIA. The three other finalists, Doriane Pin, Antonella Bassani and Julia Ayoub, were each awarded by Ferrari a test session in a 488 Challenge EVO.

The FIA Girls on Track - Rising Stars is a four-year programme and 2021 will host a second call for talent among the FIA ASNs and the same process will result in a second female driver potentially becoming part of the Ferrari Driver Academy in 2022.

Michèle Mouton, the Commission President, received widespread praise from council members for her vision and leadership of the Girls on Track project.

FIA Digital Motorsport Commission 

The Commission President Anna Nordkvist, of Sweden, was introduced to WMSC members. The task of the new Commission is to grow participation at grassroots level and position the FIA as a key stakeholder in the Digital and Esports industry. It was also agreed that one of the aims of the Commission should be to encourage participation among female Esports competitors.

FIA Karting Championships

Approval was given for the re-scheduling of two events on the 2021 calendar.

The FIA Karting European Championship event (OK & OK-JUNIOR) on the Circuito Internacional Zuera (Spain), originally scheduled for 15-18 April 2021 has been rearranged for 22-25 July 2021.

The FIA Karting European Championship event (KZ & KZ2) and FIA Karting Academy Trophy on the Adria Karting Raceway (Italy), originally scheduled for 29 April-2 May 2021, has been rearranged for 12-15 August 2021.

The revised 2021 calendars are as follows:

FIA Karting World Championship - OK

28-31 October

Brazil

Birigui

FIA Karting World Championship - Junior

28-31 October 

Brazil  

Birigui

FIA Karting World Championship - KZ

02-05 September

Sweden

Kristianstad

FIA Karting European Championship - OK

13-16 May

Belgium

Genk

27-30 May

France

Aunay-Les-Bois*

08-11 July

Italy 

Sarno

22-25 July

Spain

Zuera

FIA Karting European Championship – Junior

13-16 May

Belgium

Genk

27-30 May

France

Aunay-Les-Bois*

08-11 July

Italy

Sarno

22-25 July

Spain

Zuera

FIA Karting European Championship - KZ

17-20 June

Germany

Wackersdorf

12-15 August

Italy

Adria

FIA Karting European Championship - KZ2

17-20 June

Germany

Wackersdorf

12-15 August

Italy

Adria

FIA Karting European Championship - Superkart

22-24 October 

France

Le Mans - Bugatti*

FIA Karting International Super Cup - KZ2

02-05 September 

Sweden  

Kristianstad

FIA Karting Academy Trophy

17-20 June

Germany

Wackersdorf

12-15 August

Italy

Adria

02-05 September

Sweden   

Kristianstad

*subject to track homologation or re-homologation

FIA WTCR - World Touring Car Cup

There are several minor updates to the WTCR Sporting Regulations, including an extension to the registration deadline for full season entries as a result of the later start to the season previously announced. The new deadline is May 2, 2021.

FIA World Cup for Cross-Country – Rallies and Bajas

Date changes to the 2021 calendars were approved. The BP Ultimate Portugal Cross-Country Rally, previously the opening round of the World Cup for Cross-Country Rallies, will now take place from 16-21 September due to the implementation of further COVID-19 restrictions in the country.

The Hungarian Baja, a qualifying round of the World Cup for Cross-Country Bajas and the newly introduced European Cup for Cross-Country Bajas, has been moved to 5-8 August for operational reasons.

FIA Single-Seater Commission

 FIA Formula 3 World Cup

The FIA Formula 3 World Cup has been confirmed on the International Sporting Calendar and is scheduled to take place on 21 November 2021 in Macau, China (subject to contract with the promoter).

 Formula 4

Sporting and Technical Regulations for the Formula 4 element of the 2021 FIA Motorsport Games were approved.

FIA Rally Commission

In the FIA Regional Rally Championships, changes to the following 2021 calendars due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic have been approved:

FIA European Rally Championship

06-08 May (initially 25-27 March)

Portugal

Azores Rallye

18-20 June

Poland

78 Rally Poland1

01-03 July

Latvia

Rally Liepaja1

23-25 July

Italy

Rally di Roma Capitale1

27-29 August

Czech Rep.

Barum Czech Rally Zlin1

24-26 September (initially 12-14 March)

Portugal

Rallye Fafe

22-24 October

Hungary

Rally Hungary1

18-20 November (initially 06-08 May)

Spain

Rally Islas Canarias1

1 Round of the FIA ERC Junior Championships
 
FIA European Rally Trophy – Benelux Rally Trophy

09-10 July

Luxembourg

Rallye Lëtzebuerg

28-29 August

Belgium

Aarova Rally

05-07 November

Belgium

Rallye du Condroz

 
FIA European Rally Trophy – Celtic Rally Trophy

18-20 June

Ireland

Donegal International Rally

25-26 September

Ireland

Cork 20 International Rally

19-20 November (initially 20-21 August)

Great Britain

Ulster International Rally

 
FIA Asia-Pacific Rally Championship – Asia Cup

23-25 April (initially 26-28 March)

India

South Inda Rally

10-12 September

Japan

Rally Hokkaido

22-24 October

China

Rally Longyou

 
FIA Asia-Pacific Rally Championship – Pacific Cup

15-17 October

Australia

Adelaide Hills Rally

27-28 November (initially 20-21 Nov.)

Australia

Coffs Harbour Rally

 
FIA Asia-Pacific Rally Championship – Final

27-28 November (initially 20-21 Nov.)

Australia

Coffs Harbour Rally

 
FIA Middle East Rally Championship

28-30 January

Qatar

Manateq Qatar International Rally

20-22 May

Jordan

Jordan Rally

03-05 September

Lebanon

Rally of Lebanon

24-26 September

Cyprus

Cyprus Rally

04-06 November

Kuwait

Rally of Kuwait

TBA (initially 18-20 February)

Oman

Rally of Oman

 
FIA African Rally Championship

23-25 April

Kenya

Equator Rally Kenya

25-26 July

Tanzania

Rally of Tanzania

20-22 August

Uganda

Pearl of Africa Uganda Rally

24-26 September

Zambia

Zambia International Rally

05-06 November

South Africa

Rally of South Africa

TBA (initially 19-21 March)

Rwanda

Rwanda Mountain Gorilla Rally

 
FIA NACAM Rally Championship

19-20 March (initially 12-13 March)

Mexico

Rally Colima

02-04 July

Canada

Rallye Int. Baie des Chaleurs

13-14 August

Mexico

Rally Guanajuato

03-04 September (initially 26-28 August)

Mexico

Rally Sierra Juarez

25-26 September (initially 28-30 May)

Barbados

Rally Barbados

27-28 November

Mexico

Rally Montanas

 
FIA RGT Cup

21-24 January

Monaco

Rallye Monte-Carlo

07-09 May

France

Rallye Ain Jura

23-25 July

Italy

Rally di Roma Capitale

13-15 August (initially 25-26 June)

Belgium

Ypres Rally

14-17 October

Spain

RallyRACC Catalunya

Note: The other FIA Regional Rally Championship calendars remain unchanged.
 
FIA GT Commission 

For a new competition designed for electric-powered GT cars, the council has selected the Promoter and will work towards concluding the next steps as soon as possible.
Council has chosen the exclusive battery cell supplier.

Sporting regulations have been approved for both GT3 competitions scheduled for this year’s FIA Motorsport Games, the GT Cup for Silver/Bronze driver pairings and the GT Sprint Cup for a single driver of any ranking.

FIA Touring Car Commission

For a new competition designed for electric-powered Touring Cars, the council has selected the Promoter and will work towards concluding the next steps as soon as possible.

Sporting regulations have been approved for the FIA Motorsport Games: Touring Car Cup.

FIA Off-Road Commission

Amendments to the Technical Regulations for the FIA RX2e Championship, the first-ever FIA electric rallycross championship, which starts in 2021, were approved. Six race weekends are planned for the inaugural RX2e season, running alongside FIA World RX.

FIA Hill Climb Commission

An amendment to the FIA Hill Climb Regulations (Championship, Cup and Masters) was approved. The change allows FIA technical delegates to install randomly data loggers on cars to check the engine RPM during the competition. For Category 1 cars, this will allow crosschecking the RPM values submitted by competitors when registering their car in the “Performance Factor” system that decides in which Group the car is classified. In Category 2, checking RPM values is part of the on-going process of performance analysis of the cars.

The following calendar changes for the FIA European Hill Climb Championship for 2021 have been approved.

2021 FIA European Hill Climb Championship (updated)

07-09 May

Portugal

Rampa da Boticas

14-16 May

Spain

Subida Internacional al Fito

28-30 May

Czech Republic

Ecce Homo Sternberk (1)

11-13 June

Germany

Glasbachrennen

25-27 June

Italy

Coppa Paolino Teodori (1)

16-18 July

Slovakia

Dobšinský kopec (1)

23-25 July

Poland

Limanowa

13-15 August

Switzerland

St. Ursanne - Les Rangiers

27-29 August

Slovenia

GHD Petrol Ilirska Bistrica

17-19 September

Croatia

Buzetski dani

(1) Subject to obtaining guarantees from the organisers via their ASN regarding the organisational and/or safety improvements.

FIA Historic Motor Sport Commission

The following calendar changes for FIA Historic Championships in 2021 have been approved.

2021 FIA European Historic Sporting Rally Championship calendar (updated)

09-11 April

Italy

36° Sanremo Rally Storico

06-08 May

Czech Republic

30. Historic Vltava Rally

24-26 June

Hungary

54. Mecsek Rallye

15-17 July

Austria

Rally Weiz

13-14 August

Finland

Lahti Historic Rally

02-04 September

Spain

Rally Asturias Historico

23-25 September

Italy

33° Rally Elba Storico

21-23 October

Switzerland

Rallye International du Valais

19-20 November

Spain

69 Rally Costa Brava

 
2021 FIA Historic Hill Climb Championship calendar (updated)

28-30 May

Czech Republic

Ecce Homo Sternberk

18-20 June

Slovenia

GHD Gorjanci

02-04 July

Italy

Trento Bondone

09-11 July

Italy

Cesana Sestriere

27-29 August

Slovenia

GHD Petrol Ilirska Bistrica

17-19 September

Croatia

Buzetski Dani

24-26 September

Italy

Coppa Chianti Classico

 
2021 FIA Trophy for Historic Regularity Rallies (updated) 

11-13 November

Poland

10th Rally Poland Historic


2021 FIA Historic Formula 3 European Cup 

16-18 July

Netherlands

Zandvoort

 
FIA Truck Racing Commission

Following a successful tender process, an exclusive supplier of biofuel for the FIA European Truck Racing Championship, covering the term from 2021-2023, has been selected, making FIA ETRC the first FIA-regulated competition to switch to a fuel fully originated from renewable sources (HVO biofuel). The announcement will be made in due course.

FIA Drag Racing Commission

In order to standarise class structure and regulations across national drag racing competitions, amended Technical Regulations and Race Procedures for FIA Drag Racing have been approved, with the addition of new “Sportsman” and “Grassroots” categories. The aim of this work is to support ASNs by:

  • Enabling national level competitors to be able to compete across borders more easily, increasing entry numbers for all events
  • Assisting national level technical officials to maintain a higher safety and regulatory standard
  • Minimising the resources that an ASN must invest in Drag Racing by having the regulations instead maintained by the FIA, and
  • Increasing the resale value of competition cars by making them eligible to compete in more markets.

FIA Drifting Commission

Sporting regulations have been approved for both the FIA Intercontinental Drifting Cup and the FIA Motorsport Games: Drifting Cup.

Sport Clubs Development Programme

The WMSC members were informed that applications had opened for the Sport Clubs Development Programme (SCDP) – an FIA Innovation Fund (FIF) initiative which provides support for the management and development of motor sport activities through an intensive, two-year mentoring process from FIA Experts. The closing date for applications is March 31.

Upcoming World Motor Sport Council Meetings 

Dates of the FIA World Motor Sport Council meetings in 2021 are as follows:

09 July

Monaco, on the occasion of the FIA Sport and Mobility Conference

15 October

Paris

15 December

Paris, on the occasion of the FIA Annual General Assembly