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FIA ANNOUNCES WORLD MOTOR SPORT COUNCIL DECISIONS

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29.06.22

McLaren Applied was selected for the sole supply of the Standard Electronic Control Unit (SECU) in the 2026, 2027, 2028, 2029 and 2030 seasons of the FIA Formula One World Championship.The World Motor Sport Council convened today in Paris for the second meeting of 2022. The meeting was hosted by FIA President Mohammed Ben Sulayem with FIA Deputy President for Sport Robert Reid and WMSC members joining in person and via video conference.

A minute of silence was held in memory of José Abed, the FIA Vice President of Honour, who passed away earlier this month. Mr Abed was a leading motor sport administrator in Mexico and Latin America serving as an FIA Vice President for Sport representing the Americas region.

The FIA President Mohammed Ben Sulayem thanked members for their attendance and was pleased to report significant progress in key areas. He said: “The World Motor Sport Council gathered in Paris to discuss a number of topics as we plan the way forward for the organisation, in the framework of our new governance approach. We continue to push forward on sustainability, towards our target of net-zero emissions in 2030. Members approved a new FIA Anti-Harassment and Non-discrimination Policy which reaffirms a zero-tolerance approach towards harassment and any form of discrimination. I want to thank the members for their ongoing efforts in laying out a path for the organisation to meet its long-term objectives.”

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

FIA Formula One World Championship

Here is a summary of some of the key changes to the 2022 Sporting and Technical Regulations approved by the World Council:

  • The regulations governing car limitations during tyre testing have been updated
  • The timing of the official pre-event media activities for Drivers has been updated. This activity will now take place within a two-hour window, 23 hours prior to the scheduled start of Free Practice 1
  • Deflection tests for Rear Wing Mainplane Trailing Edge and Beam Wing Flexibility have been updated
  • Fuel will now be permitted to be chilled to 20°C at hotter races. The temperature reference will be taken one hour in advance of the session
  • Regulations regarding mirrors have been updated to allow greater rearward visibility
  • An update has been made allowing a Power Unit to be replaced in Parc Fermé with one of a newer specification
  • A provision has been made to allow for temporary repairs to be made to Power Units

The World Council was given an update on the progress of the 2026 Power Unit Regulations, which are due to be finalised and presented before the next World Motor Sport Council meeting, following considerable work and consultation between the FIA, Formula 1, the incumbent Power Unit manufacturers and potential newcomers.

McLaren Applied was selected for the sole supply of the Standard Electronic Control Unit (SECU) in the 2026, 2027, 2028, 2029 and 2030 seasons of the FIA Formula One World Championship.

FIA World Rally Championship

In the Sporting Regulations, the time to repair retired P1 cars was increased to a maximum of four hours with the option to split this window into a maximum of two slots (the amount of time per section being at the discrepancy of the team). This will enable team personnel to optimize the workload before and after the evening service and allow additional time for them to work on the car, due to more complex procedures with Rally1 hybrid vehicles.

Clarification was brought to the high-voltage operational safety procedures for quarantine, recovery supervision and “red car” exercise, reflecting the best practice developed on the basis of the experience gathered at WRC events since the launch of the Rally1 in January.

With a view to saving costs for the organisers and following sensible sustainability policies, road books must now be available digitally before the rally, as opposed to printed and sent by mail to the competitors.

In the Technical Regulations, proposals related to the opening of the rear window and roof vent of Rally1 cars, which require the support of the Homologation Commission, were approved to address the challenges of cockpit temperatures experienced at the last rallies.

FIA World Endurance Championship

Further key technical principles of the next generation of LMP2 class have been defined. As announced previously, these cars will be based on the same platform as the LMDh cars competing in the Hypercar class. The homologation cycle for the cars will cover the 2025-2030 period. There will be a limited selling price of a complete car as well as capped retail price of selected components. If required, adjustment of performance (AoP) will be conducted up to two times per season.

ABB FIA Formula E World Championship

The 2022/23 ABB FIA Formula E World Championship calendar has been approved as follows:
  

Date Country Venue 
14 January 2023MexicoMexico City
27 & 28 January 2023Saudi ArabiaDiriyah
11 February 2023IndiaHyderabad
25 February 2023TBDTBD
11 March 2023TBDTBD
25 March 2023BrazilSao Paulo
22 April 2023GermanyBerlin
6 May 2023MonacoMonaco
20 & 21 May 2023South KoreaSeoul
3 & 4 June 2023IndonesiaJakarta
24 June 2023TBDTBD
15 & 16 July 2023ItalyRome
29 & 30 July 2023United KingdomLondon

 
The 2022/23 ABB FIA Formula E World Championship Technical Regulations have also been approved. With no changes in the overall philosophy, the Season 9 Technical Regulations include overall updates which reflect the Gen3 car architectures (added Front Powertrain Kit, car weight, power levels, energy requirements).

Lastly, minor edits to the 2022/23 ABB FIA Formula E World Championship Financial Regulations for FE teams and manufacturers have been approved. Those address the impact of current inflation and fine-tune the wording of the Regulations.

FIA World Rallycross Championship

Due to the switch to all-electric in the FIA World Rallycross Championship and the long lead time for the delivery of certain components to assemble the cars, the start of the Championship has been postponed to the last weekend of July at the Nürburgring. The final round at Barcelona on October 29-30 has been added to maintain the total number of events at 6.

The revised 2022 FIA World Rallycross Championship calendar is as follows:

Date Country Venue 
30‐31 JulyGermanyNürburgring
13‐14 JuneNorwayHell‐Lanke
03‐04 September (DH)LatviaRiga
17-18 September (DH)PortugalMontalegre
08-09 October (DH)BelgiumSpa-Francorchamps
29-30 OctoberSpain*Barcelona

DH denotes double-header
* Subject to ASN and promoter agreements

FIA Single-Seater Commission

FIA Formula 2 Championship

The updated 2022 FIA Formula 2 Championship calendar was approved as follows:

Date Country Venue 
18-20 MarchBahrainSakhir
25-27 MarchSaudi ArabiaJeddah
22-24 AprilItalyImola
20-22 MaySpainBarcelona
27-29 MayMonacoMonte Carlo
10-12 JuneAzerbaijanBaku
01-03 JulyGreat BritainSilverstone
08-10 JulyAustriaSpielberg
22-24 JulyFranceLe Castellet
29-31 JulyHungaryBudapest
26-28 AugustBelgiumSpa-Francorchamps
02-04 SeptemberNetherlandsZandvoort
09-11 SeptemberItalyMonza
18-20 NovemberUAEYas Marina


FIA Formula 3 World Cup

The FIA Formula 3 World Cup in Macau will not take place in 2022 due to ongoing restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

FIA Rally Commission  

Technical and Homologation Regulations for the fully electric FIA Rally5e cars were approved, with the group to be divided into two classes depending on the car’s battery capacity (lower or bigger than 60 kWh). This first-ever category of electric rally cars aims to remain close to production models, in the same way as the Rally5 for ICE cars.

FIA Cross-Country Rally Commission

The Cross-Country Rally Sporting Regulations have been updated with a view to simplification, including the move of technical requirements to the FIA Technical Regulations, the compilation of the fixed penalties in a dedicated appendix (Appendix I) and the harmonization with the FIM’s wording.

In order to make the sport more accessible, a penalty point system for minor infringements to the Regulations is being introduced for non-priority drivers. The principles of new Regulations for the EV and hybrid T3 group (lightweight prototype) vehicles were also approved.

FIA GT Commission

Due to the ongoing Covid-19 quarantine restrictions and associated logistical challenges in Asia, the FIA GT World Cup, traditionally held at Macau’s Guia Circuit, will not take place this year.

FIA Touring Car Commission

Due to the ongoing quarantine restrictions and associated logistical challenges in Asia, rounds of WTCR – FIA World Touring Car Cup and FIA ETCR – eTouring Car World Cup set to take place on the continent will not be held this year. Together with Discovery Sports Events, the promoter of the two series, the FIA is working towards securing replacement events. Further details on the new calendar additions will be communicated in due course. Technical Regulations for the 2022 FIA Motorsport Games: Touring Car Cup have been approved.

FIA Karting Commission (CIK) 

The launch of the new OK-N engine aimed at the national level was approved. Accordingly, certain steps will be taken towards introduction.

Advantage would be taken of the new engine homologation cycle which begins in August 2022 to introduce a downsized engine aimed at national markets (OK-N) based on the current OK-J (Junior) and OK (Senior) engines. Using the current OK engine as the foundation will result in cost savings (since the spare parts already exist). The fact that this is a downsized version will gain reliability.

In order to facilitate the introduction of the category into the national markets, this product will be coupled with a sporting objective in the form of an OK-N World Cup, for which participants will need to qualify via national events. This World Cup will be governed by strict Sporting Regulations where only one chassis, one engine and the number of tyres is limited to one and a half sets per race.

In order to make the practice of this Category affordable, the FIA will recommend to the ASNs in charge of organising the qualifying events in the lead up to the World Cup to use these regulations as a basis for their Sporting and Technical Regulations. In this way, a pathway between practicing on the national markets and at a high level is created.

To make the World Cup attractive, the plan is to organise it on the same weekend as the current OK and OK-J World Championships.  This will give drivers participating in the OK-N World Cup a chance to make themselves known to karting manufacturers on-site.

An extension of the homologation period for Groups 2 and 3 for chassis, brakes and bodywork from 2020-2023 to 2024 was approved.  

2023 FIA Karting Championships, Cup and Trophies calendars  

The 2023 FIA Karting calendars were approved as follows:
FIA KARTING WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP – OK

05 – 08/10Franciacorta(ITA)

 
FIA KARTING WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP – JUNIOR 

05 – 08/10Franciacorta(ITA)

 
 FIA KARTING WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP – KZ

07-10/09Wackersdorf(DEU)

 
FIA KARTING EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP – OK 

23-26/03Valencia(ESP)
18-21/05Třinec*(CZE)
15-18/06Rødby*(DEN)
27-30/07Castelletto*(ITA)

 
FIA KARTING EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP – JUNIOR 

23-26/03Valencia(ESP)
18-21/05Třinec(CZE)
15-18/06Rødby(DEN)
27-30/07Castelletto(ITA)

 
FIA KARTING EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP – KZ

13-16/04Zuera(ESP)
06-09/07Sarno(ITA)

 
FIA KARTING EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP – KZ2 

13-16/04Zuera(ESP)
06-09/07Sarno(ITA)

 
FIA KARTING ACADEMY TROPHY

13-16/04Zuera(ESP)
06-09/07Sarno(ITA)
07-10/09Wackersdorf(DEU)

 
FIA KARTING WORLD CUP – KZ2

07-10/09Wackersdorf(DEU)

 
FIA KARTING INTERNATIONAL MASTERS’ SUPERCUP – KZ2 

07-10/09Wackersdorf(DEU)

*Subject to satisfactory track inspections
 
FIA Truck Racing Commission

2023 Goodyear FIA European Truck Racing Championship Technical Regulations have been approved. As per the regulations, and in line with the sustainability roadmap developed by the commission, all-electric and hybrid powertrains will be allowed in the championship next year, along with the current generation of combustion-engined race trucks.

The FIA Truck Racing commission has also revealed the findings of a feasibility study of potential introduction of endurance race formats to truck racing. A group of FIA experts assessed the technical requirements necessary to run races over longer durations than the current 30 minutes. The study proved that adaptations to the current specification of trucks for the needs of endurance formats are minimal.

The reason behind the study is the fact that the demands of endurance formats are similar to those faced by commercial trucks used in road haulage industry and include factors such as fuel efficiency, material longevity and tyre durability.

FIA Safety Commission 

The WMSC approved a new FIA Standard for protective clothing for Karting competitors, which is intended to replace the current standard, introduced in 2013.
The improvements include extending the scope of the standard to approve karting gloves and shoes in addition to overalls and the introduction of new resistance to abrasion requirements for overalls to be worn for long circuit kart racing.

The approved gloves and shoes for karting will deliver a significant safety improvement compared with the current situation. The new standard has also simplified the testing and manufacturing process for overalls, and therefore it is expected that the price of the new overalls will be similar to those currently available. For shoes and gloves, the price should remain similar to current products.

There was also an update to the standard 8856-2018 for protective clothing for drivers and an update of the flame-resistant clothing regulations included in Appendix L. In particular, heat transmission protection for gloves has increased by one and half seconds on the palm and two seconds on the rest of the glove. These glove prototypes were tested by several drivers in Formula 1, Formula E, WRC and WEC. The new gloves will be compulsory in Formula 1 from January 1, 2023.

It is also proposed to introduce design requirements for glove touchscreen capability. This new function will allow gloves to be made compulsory in the future for co-drivers when the championship uses digital roadbooks instead of traditional paper versions. 

FIA Medical Commission  

Appendix L has been updated to be consistent with international best practice and to increase safety. Cardiovascular Screening: from 2023, the cardiovascular screening criteria for driver licensing has changed. The purpose of this is to improve the assessment of older competitors consistent with international best international practice. 

First aid Training: from 2023 on, First aid training is highly recommended for competitors ITC-R and ITD-R licenses. The purpose of this is to improve competitor safety in road events.

FIA Circuits Commission   

The WMSC approved a new Grade 5 Licence as an entry level “provisional” Licence for developing circuits who wish to benefit from FIA guidance in motor racing course design and construction.

FIA Environment and Sustainability Commission

Felipe Calderon, the Commission President, provided a summary of the on-going projects in line with the adoption of the Environmental Strategy 2020-2030.  The strategy established bold ambitions to align with climate science and the FIA’s vision to promote a Safe, Sustainable and Accessible Motorsport and Mobility for all.

A first Environmental Report has been finalised, covering the achievements since the adoption of the strategy and outlining next steps. The report revealed that the FIA’s carbon footprint decreased by 31% from 18,911 tonnes in 2019 to 13,019 tonnes in 2021.

Out of the 21 objectives for 2021, 17 have already been fully achieved. The aim of the strategy is to transition towards a state of net-zero emissions in 2030 by reducing carbon emissions in alignment with the Paris Agreement. The strategy has also determined that by 2026, all the FIA World Championships will be powered by sustainable energies. The FIA works with all its World Championship Promoters and stakeholders to achieve these goals, and encourages ASNs and all FIA Member Clubs to go further on sustainability.

FIA Electric and New Energy Commission

The 2022 FIA ecoRally Cup calendar has been updated as follows:

Date Country Venue 
4-6 March 2022SpainEco Rally de la Com. Valenciana
20-21 May 2022Czech RepublicCzech New Energies Rally
24-26 June 2022PortugalOeiras Eco-Rally Portugal
2-3 September 2022SloveniaMAHLE Eco-Rally
30 September-2 OctoberSpainIII Eco Rallye Bilbao ALBA
26-29 OctoberMonacoeRallye Monte-Carlo
17-19 NovemberItalyEcoDolomitesGT

 
In line with its normal procedures, the ENEC Commission has also reviewed and updated the current and 2023 FIA EcoRally Cup technical regulations, preserving their stability.

Anti-Harassment and Non-discrimination policy  

Following World Council for Automobile Mobility and Tourism and FIA Senate approvals, WMSC members approved the new FIA Anti-Harassment and Non-discrimination Policy which reaffirms a zero-tolerance approach towards harassment and any form of discrimination provides for dedicated communication and training initiatives across the organisation and sets out rules on how to report and address concerns of misconduct.

Upcoming World Motor Sport Council Meetings 

Dates of future FIA World Motor Sport Council meetings in 2022 are as follows:

19 OctoberVenue tbc
07 DecemberVenue tbc, on the occasion of the FIA Annual General Assembly Week