Earlier today, the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile has confirmed details of the latest World Motor Sport Council meeting, during which some important updates regarding fuel and engine regulations have been finalised.
The key points are related to the fact that teams will be allowed, while performing a power unit change, to replace it with an engine of an upgraded specification in parc fermé conditions – which means the decision leaves the door open for teams to take more tactical grid penalties and fit a fresh, updated power unit in the process.
The topic of 2026 rules and regulations for the power units were also discussed, after the recent announcement that the new engines are set to be powered by fully sustainable fuel – and the FIA confirmed that the final specifications are due to be finalised in a few months, when the next WMSC meeting is scheduled to take place.
Regarding the next generation of power units, the FIA explained: “The World Council was given an update on the progress of the 2026 Power Unit Regulations, which are due to be finalized 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.”
There are also other key topics addressed, the fuel temperature threshold at hotter GPs is now going to be 20°C instead of the previous 15°C, after Red Bull almost missed the deadline to leave the pit lane at the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona, as they were waiting for their fuel to reach the required temperature in the Spanish heat.
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At the same time, a provision has now been made to allow for temporary power unit repairs, rules regarding wing mirrors have been adjusted to try and improve drivers’ rear visibility, and deflection tests for beam wing flexibility and the rear wing mainplane trailing edge have been updated.
FIA president Mohammed Ben Sulayem added: “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.” – he concluded.