2026 regulations should put pilots in greater prominence


April 1, 2024 5:10 pm

Formula 1 is preparing an innovation in the technical regulations that will come into force from 2026. The category’s technical director, Pat Symonds, revealed on the podcast ‘Beyond The Grid’, the main objectives of the changes.

As in 2022, when the focus was on increasing competitiveness with ground-effect cars that allow for more competitive races, the new regulations will have sustainability as a priority. Symonds wants to surprise the public with innovative solutions to maintain the excitement of racing.

“We want people to watch a race and say, ‘Wow, look what they’re doing with sustainable fuel. I didn’t even know it was possible. I thought there was only fossil fuel. They are managing to supply the entire paddock in a sustainable way. Amazing, isn’t it?’,” he said.

In addition to the environmental footprint, another important point of the new rules will be the return of pilots to protagonism.

“We want to reduce the downforce of the cars. One of the reasons for excessive weight is the need to deal with so much pressure. This will cause the cars to skid a little more, requiring more skill from the drivers. As we said before, they are the heroes. These are the supermen we want to promote. So yes, I think things are going in the right direction,” concluded Symonds.

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