Formula 1 He started his race against time to start outlining his future and this Wednesday the International Automobile Federation (FIA) released the parameters for 2026, which will be another pivotal year in the history of the Máxima, with drastic technical changes. In sports, there will already be news in 2023 with the intention of increasing sprint races, a variant that already had its first Saturday competition this year last weekend in Imola, in the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix.
The F1 Commission made up of the ten teams, the FIA and the company that has the commercial rights of the category, Formula One Management (FOM), met in London to analyze the possible modifications. After the conclave, the panorama spread.
Sprint races. The three antecedents of 2021 were good and the show that was seen this Saturday at the Enzo and Dino Ferrari Autodrome in Imola, with Max Verstappen (Red Bull) overtaking Charles Leclerc (Ferrari) at the end, promoted the idea of double the number of dates with this type of race in the previous one. The teams accepted the proposal that there be six Saturday competitions, but the FIA objected to the logistical inconveniences and in particular the increase in expenses generated by an additional race.
The governing entity did not support it with its votes and it remains to be seen if this idea persists. As reported motor sportIn order to increase sprint races in 2023, what is known as a “simple” majority of 25 votes out of 30 was required between the teams (10), the FIA (10) and the FOM (10). With only the teams and FOM in agreement, resistance from the FIA caused the proposal to fail, at least for now.
tires. In order to reduce costs, there will be two dates in the next season in which the games will be reduced from 13 to 11. The economic impact will be evaluated and, depending on the result, applying that measure for all events in 2024 or following years will be analyzed. .
helmet cameras. They revolutionized the fans because they see exactly what the drivers see and how the car moves. Get fans into cars and sit down as racers. That’s why there are platforms (Star+ in Argentina) that broadcast F1 that have a special channel only for on-board cameras. In this way, from next year all pilots must carry the camera in their helmets.
The changes for 2026.
The F1 of the future aims at four main objectives: reduce costs, improve the spectacle, capture the interest of new factories and promote a more “green” motorsport, and that is why sustainable fuels are the key to what is coming and it is aimed at in 2026 they are fully used.
engines. In this search for care for the environment, the path of hybrid technology will be followed, which began in 2014 with a V6 combustion engine and an electric one, but which will have 50 percent of the power. That is the key to seduce other terminals and the one that is sounding the loudest to join is Audi, which would like to buy McLaren. From the same group (VW), Porsche is also interested in entering and would like to become Red Bull.
However, the objective of the F1 Commission is not only that the factories enter as full teams, but also that they join as engine suppliers: today there are Mercedes, Ferrari, Honda and Renault, with their Alpine team.
financial sustainability. Work is underway to define, consolidate and improve financial regulations regarding combustion engines, with the aim being to reduce overall costs for competitors while retaining the cutting-edge technological advancement that is at the core of F1.
smaller cars. Reduce the dimensions of the car and that its weight reduction points to an improvement in safety. Reduce the aerodynamic load, which are the accessories for the air flow to penetrate in the best way and the car does not lose traction and, therefore, speed. This would complicate the driving of the monoposto, which points to more overtaking on the track without relying on DRS, the system that allows better air intake in the rear wing and that can only be used in certain places on the circuit and when there is less one second difference between one car and another.
The path towards standardization or simplification of strategically selected components for cost reduction purposes will continue. Expand the use of sustainable materials or technologies and focus on recyclability. Continue innovation in car safety, moving towards active and connected safety systems.
Some proposals are controversial, such as continuing the path of standardization, which implies limiting the work of the engineers, who are the architects when it comes to achieving a difference between the cars. However, the FIA, teams and FOM conclave aims to reduce budgets (this year the limit is 143 million dollars without counting the salaries of drivers or senior engineers) and thus seduce new factories.
Although this issue has also been generating controversy for years, since there are those who say that the entry of the factories harmed the category, because it widened the gap between the most powerful and the poorest. The exception to the rule is Ferrari because since 1950 it has been in the category. Having more terminals is the goal of any specialty, but it is true that the essence of F1 is the teams. Finding the balance on that fine line will be another goal for the F1 Commission to achieve.