New modifications to the FIA regulations have been introduced, with a particular focus on power units and DRS. Moreover, substantial changes to the weekend format, including Sprint races, were also discussed. The meeting took place on February 5th at the Formula One Management offices in London, precisely to finalize the last details ahead of the upcoming season.
The meeting was chaired by Nikolas Tombazis, the director of FIA single-seaters, and Stefano Domenicali, the CEO of Formula 1 and FOM. Updates to the technical and sporting regulations have thus been clarified.
“A proposal to increase the allocation of power units to four per driver (and car) for the 2024 and 2025 seasons has been agreed upon.” After various criticisms of the previous regulations, there is finally an increase in the availability of power units per season. Considering the 24 races and 6 Sprint races, having only 3 power units would have been significantly too few.
There are also significant changes for the use of the DRS. “The activation of DRS for the race will be brought forward to one lap instead of two after the start of the race (as it was until the last season) or the restart following a Safety Car.” For safety reasons, the use of DRS was previously delayed until after two laps from the restart.
Furthermore, according to FOM, other regulations have been discussed, but they will come into effect with the new regulations from 2026. In two years, the regulations will change drastically, and it seems there are still ongoing discussions on the way forward. Therefore, further updates are expected in the coming months.