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FIA ANNOUNCES WORLD MOTOR SPORT COUNCIL DECISIONS

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15.10.21

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

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

FIA Formula One World Championship

The 2022 FIA Formula One World Championship calendar has been approved as follows:  

DateGrand PrixVenue
20 MarchBahrainSakhir
27 MarchSaudi ArabiaJeddah
10 AprilAustraliaMelbourne
24 AprilEmilia RomagnaImola*
8 MayMiamiMiami**
22 MaySpainBarcelona*
29 MayMonacoMonaco
12 JuneAzerbaijanBaku
19 JuneCanadaMontreal
3 JulyUnited KingdomSilverstone
10 JulyAustriaSpielberg
24 JulyFranceLe Castellet
31 JulyHungaryBudapest
28 AugustBelgiumSpa
4 SeptemberDutchZandvoort
11 SeptemberItalyMonza
25 SeptemberRussiaSochi
2 OctoberSingaporeSingapore*
9 OctoberJapanSuzuka
23 OctoberUSATexas*
30 OctoberMexicoMexico City
13 NovemberBrazilSao Paulo
20 NovemberAbu DhabiAbu Dhabi

*subject to contract
**subject to FIA circuit homologation

Commentating on the 2022 calendar, FIA President Jean Todt said: “The impressive 2022 FIA Formula One Championship calendar is the result of the great work made by Formula 1, led by Stefano Domenicali and his team, in strong synergy with the FIA. Over the past two years, F1 has shown remarkable resilience. This is clearly demonstrated by the continued growth of the sport despite the important challenges of the pandemic. The 23 Grands Prix in 2022 will be an exciting showcase for the all-new cars and I am looking forward to it.”

The President added: “The push towards sustainability in motor sport continues to be a priority for the FIA. The new technical regulations for Formula 1 underline this approach.”

FIA World Rally Championship

The 2022 FIA World Rally Championship calendar has been approved as follows: 

DateEventSurface
23 JanuaryMonte-CarloMixed
27 FebruarySwedenSnow
24 AprilCroatia**Tarmac
22 MayPortugalGravel
5 JuneItalyGravel
26 JuneKenyaGravel
17 JulyEstoniaGravel
7 AugustFinlandGravel
21 AugustTBCTarmac
11 SeptemberGreeceGravel
2 OctoberNew Zealand*Gravel
23 OctoberSpainTarmac
13 NovemberJapanTarmac

*subject to Event Promotion Agreement 
**subject to ASN Agreement 

All events are to be organized by the existing event organizers/ASNs 

WMSC members noted that the current WRC calendar has been shaped in accordance with the restrictions imposed by the global pandemic with a concentration of events in Europe.

The WMSC pledged that as soon as the situation eases, the FIA World Rally Championship calendar must return to a more global presence beyond Europe.

Starting from 2022 the FIA Artificial Intelligence Safety Camera (AISC) will become mandatory in all Rally1 cars. This forward-facing in-car camera will continually scan the special stage and its direct surroundings, identifying the shapes and analysing the position of spectators in the environment, hence helping to supplement the work undertaken by the FIA Safety Delegate to address unsafe situations. The crew-facing High-Speed Camera (HSC) currently in use in all Priority 1 cars will no longer be mandatory but only recommended.

With the introduction of the hybrid technology in Rally1 cars in 2022, zones where it will be mandatorily to run in full electric mode will be defined in the road book to allow crews to prepare their strategy for events in advance.

Any deviation will be reported to the Stewards and penalties may be imposed. Furthermore, elements related to the identification of high-voltage cars, such as the placing of “HY’ in red letters next to the front door panel and changing the background of the competition number, have been defined to enable marshals, officials and spectators to differentiate high-voltage vehicles from others.

FIA World Endurance Championship

The FIA Endurance Commission gave the WEC Selection Committee the option to allow grandfathered non-hybrid LMP1 cars in the Hypercar category for a further year.

In order to prevent cost escalation, new testing limitations will apply in the Hypercar category for cars homologated ahead of the 2021 season and entering the second year of their homologation cycle.

ABB FIA Formula E World Championship  

The updated 2021-2022 ABB FIA Formula E World Championship calendar has been approved as follows:

Rd 1 & 2 28 & 29 JanuarySaudi Arabia, Diriyah 
Rd 3 12 FebruaryMexico, Mexico City 
Rd 4 5 MarchTBC
Rd 5 19 MarchChina, TBC
Rd 69 AprilItaly, Rome 
Rd 730 AprilMonaco, Monte Carlo 
Rd 814 MayGermany, Berlin 
Rd 94 JuneIndonesia, Jakarta 
Rd 10 2 JulyCanada, Vancouver 
Rd 11 & 12 16 & 17 JulyUSA, New York City 
Rd 13 & 14 30 & 31 JulyUnited Kingdom, London
Rd 15 & 16 13 & 14 AugustSouth Korea, Seoul 

 
A new qualifying format divided into Groups and followed by head-to-head Duels has been approved to maximize excitement for fans and encourage the emergence of the best drivers and teams.

The two groups of 11 drivers will be based on the general classification of the Drivers’ Championship, apart from the first round of the season, and have 10 minutes of track time each, with no restriction on the number of lap opportunities to achieve a time (at 220 kW power level).

The top four of each group will then progress to duels (at 250 kW power level) on a knockout basis, starting with four Quarter-finals, followed by two Semi-finals and the Final, to define the grid of the race.

The winning Driver of the Final Duel is qualified first and the loser second. According to the times achieved in the Semi-final Duels, losers are qualified third and fourth. According to the time obtained in the Quarter-final duels, losers are qualified between fifth and eighth. According to the positions achieved in each Group classification, Drivers who participated in the Group of the winning Driver of the Final Duel (positions 5 to 12) will be classified in the odd positions, and Drivers of the other Group (positions 5 to 12) will be classified in the even positions.

A new race format has also been validated. It includes the compensation of the “Safety Car” or “Full Course Yellow” periods with the addition of time instead of an energy reduction. It will reduce the impact of the neutralisation periods on the overall time of the race in green flag conditions, whilst protecting the strategic role of the energy management. 45 seconds per minute of the Full Course Yellow or Safety Car periods will be added to the 45 minutes race time. If a Safety Car or Full Course Yellow period extends into, or occurs during or after minute 40 of the race, it will not be counted for the “Extra Time” calculation.

FIA World Rally-Raid Championship

A number of amendments and updates have been made to the Cross-Country Sporting Regulations necessary by the creation of the new FIA World Rally-Raid Championship launching in 2022, and to align with the ASO/Dakar regulations. This will ensure inclusivity and consistency for competitors across all events.

Technical regulations for new categories have also been approved. In support of the FIA’s long-term environmental strategy, the T1 Ultimate (T1.U) category will provide greater freedom for manufacturers, enabling them to develop alternative and experimental technologies, including vehicles powered by electric motors, an ICE engine powered by hydrogen, or hybrid. T1+ presents a further enhancement to the existing T1 specification, with improvements in suspension travel and wheel sizes. New regulations for T5 prototype trucks have also been approved.

The following titles will be awarded at the end of the season:

FIA World Rally-Raid Championship for Manufacturers
FIA World Rally-Raid Championship for Drivers
FIA World Rally-Raid Championship for Co-Drivers
FIA Rally-Raid Championship for T3 Drivers
FIA Rally-Raid Championship for T3 Co-Drivers
FIA Rally-Raid Championship for T4 Drivers
FIA Rally-Raid Championship for T4 Co-Drivers
FIA Rally-Raid Championship for T4 Manufacturers
FIA Rally-Raid Championship for T5 Drivers
FIA Rally-Raid Championship for T5 Co-Drivers
FIA Rally-Raid Championship for T5 Manufacturers

For each event in the FIA World Rally-Raid Championship, points will be awarded to registered competitors according to the following scale. The total number of events contested will count towards the overall titles. 

 RallyMarathon 
1st30 points50 points
2nd25 points40 points
3rd20 points30 points
4th17 points25 points
5th15 points20 points
6th13 points15 points
7th10 points10 points
8th9 points9 points
9th8 points8 points
10th7 points7 points
11th6 points6 points
12th5 points5 points
13th4 points4 points
14th3 points3 points
15th2 points2 points

For each Championship, points will be awarded to registered competitors for each leg according to the following scale. Points will only be awarded if the leg includes at least 100 kilometres of selection section and the competitor is included in the final classification.  

1st5 points
2nd4 points
3rd3 points
4th2 points
5th1 point

 
FIA Youth Strategy

A progress report was delivered on a survey which has been launched with the aim of gathering feedback from FIA member clubs in order to identify their needs and priorities, and to establish a FIA Youth Strategy which aims to grow youth engagement in all facets of motor sport.

The emphasis has been put on the need to create low-cost grass roots entry and engagement with schools, colleges and universities.

FIA COMMISSIONS

FIA Single-Seater Commission

The World Council noted the updates to the FIA Formula 2 and Formula 3 Championship formats, that were approved by e-vote earlier this month. Formula 3 will race alongside Formula 2 from 2022, and each round of both Championships will include one Free Practice, one Qualifying session and two races. For both Championships, the Qualifying results will decide the starting grid of the Sunday race. The starting grid of the Saturday race will be determined by reversing the Top 10 of Friday’s F2 Qualifying results and by reversing the Top 12 of Friday’s F3 Qualifying results.

FIA Formula 2 Championship

The 2022 FIA Formula 2 Championship calendar has been approved as follows:

DateVenue
18-20 MarchSakhir, Bahrain
25-27 MarchJeddah, Saudi Arabia
22-24 AprilImola, Italy*
20-22 MayBarcelona, Spain*
27-29 MayMonte Carlo, Monaco
10-12 JuneBaku, Azerbaijan
01-03 JulySilverstone, Great Britain
08-10 JulySpielberg, Austria
29-31 JulyBudapest, Hungary
26-28 AugustSpa-Francorchamps, Belgium
02-04 SeptemberZandvoort, Netherlands
09-11 SeptemberMonza, Italy
23-25 SeptemberSochi, Russia
18-20 NovemberYas Marina, UAE

*subject to contract

FIA Formula 3 Championship

The 2022 FIA Formula 3 Championship calendar has been approved as follows:

DateVenue
18-20 MarchSakhir, Bahrain
22-24 AprilImola, Italy*
20-22 MayBarcelona, Spain*
01-03 JulySilverstone, Great Britain
08-10 JulySpielberg, Austria
29-31 JulyBudapest, Hungary
26-28 AugustSpa-Francorchamps, Belgium
02-04 SeptemberZandvoort, Netherlands
09-11 SeptemberMonza, Italy

*subject to contract

FIA Rally Commission

FIA Regional Rally Championships

The 2022 African Rally Championship calendar has been approved as follows, while the schedules for the other regional rally series will be announced later:

Ivory Coast25-27 FebruaryRally Bandama Côte d’Ivoire*
Kenya1-3 AprilEquator Rally Kenya*
Uganda6-8 MayPearl of Africa Uganda Rally*
Tanzania22-24 JulyRally of Tanzania*
Rwanda23-25 SeptemberRwanda Mountain Gorilla Rally
Zambia21-23 OctoberZambia International Rally*
South Africa17-19 NovemberRally of South Africa*

*subject to ASN’s confirmation

In the Regional Rally sporting regulations, secondary titles have been adjusted according to the WRC and ERC Sporting Pyramid that was approved earlier this year. This standardization should guarantee more clarity for competitors and the wider audience, with championship names in line with the numbering of the classes and car groups. The allocation of leg points was removed for rallies of the FIA European Rally Trophy.

FIA Karting Commission (CIK)

Alban Martinet was presented as the new head of the FIA Karting Department. A former European karting vice-champion, Martinet has been involved in the organization of the sport for the past 15 years.

Technical single suppliers have been selected for the 2022 season except for tyres where it was agreed to postpone the selection until the next World Motor Sport Council in December 2021.

FIA Off-Road Commission 

Approval was given to modifications to the model of the FIA RX2e Championship as the opening of the competition to private entries (planned for 2023) is now brought forward by one year. The cars will therefore either be operated directly by the Championship supplier (QEV, the sole model applied in 2021), or entered by private structures, under contract with the supplier.

FIA Safety Commission

An update of International Drivers’ Licence Regulation was approved. Under the revised updates to Grade B, Grade A, Super Licence, e-Licence and Supplement 1 regulations there is an allowance for the reduced sporting activity in 2021 due to COVID-19, to enable competitors to make up for a disrupted season, and to provide measures which are adapted to travel and quarantine restrictions. The proposed change is to allow competitors to count their best 3 of 4 calendar years when the period includes 2020 or 2021.

It was also agreed to update several Articles of the Drivers’ Licence Qualification regulations in order to clarify the qualification criteria for each grade. It is also proposed to align the terms used in these articles with the International Sporting Code.

FIA Drivers Commission  

It was confirmed that the next FIA Motorsport Games will take place from October 28-30, 2022, in Circuit Paul Ricard, Le Castellet (FRA).

FIA Environment and Sustainability Commission

A presentation of the Environmental Training Programme for FIA members was made along with an update of the Environment Accreditation Programme which highlighted that the number of accredited stakeholders has increased by 20% since the last WMSC.

FIA Electric and New Energy Commission

A new date of November 25-27, 2021 was approved for the “ECO Dolomites GT” (ITA) on the FIA E-Rally Regularity Cup.

The Sporting Regulations of the 2022 ENEC E-Rally Regularity Cup have also been updated, with a new number of minimum competitors required in an event for the awarding of points, and a new procedure for determining the overall winner of the race.

FIA Esports Commission (formerly FIA Digital Motorsport Commission)

The World Motor Sport Council agreed to change the name of the Digital Motor Sport Commission to FIA Esports Commission.

The Esports world ranking project was presented and is now moving to its final phases.

FIA Drifting Commission

The commission approved the proposed venue and date of the 2022 FIA Intercontinental Drifting Cup, with the event set to take place at Sochi Autodrom from June 9-12, 2022.

FIA Land Speed Records Commission 

Amendments to Appendix D have been made to take into account the specifics of drag racing record attempts and align the Land Speed Record drag race requirements with the current FIA drag race procedure. Clarification has been brought to the type and positioning of the braking parachute to raise the standard of the cockpit safety equipment.

Upcoming World Motor Sport Council Meetings  

15 DecemberParis, on the occasion of the 2021 FIA Annual General Assembly