Regulations, Regulations, Regulations…..

Regulations regarding F1 change every year. In 2026, greater emphasis is on the electric power of the hybrid engines with a view to the cars becoming carbon neutral by the 2026 season.

In March 2023, the  F1 season kicks off in Bahrain with 23 races in the series, and with it will come several new rules.

Porpoising. The FIA have said the ride height must be raised by 15mm, with sensors installed to measure the vertical forces.

Weight. The weight of the cars has dropped by 2kg.

Roll Hoops. An increase in the strength of the Roll hoops.

Grid Penalties. The FIA have tried to simplify and clarify following last season’s confusion.

Tyres. For two events, all the teams will use hard tyres in Q1, medium tyres in Q2 and soft tyres in Q3. Resulting in supply issues for the tyre manufacturers easing.

Sprint Races. There will be six sprint weekends, double that of 2022. Azerbaijan, Austria, Belgium, Qatar, USA and Brazil.

Mirrors. The reflective surface increased by 50mm to 200mm from 150mm.

Work Hours. The F1 team’s hours will be reduced over the next two seasons.

Gearboxes. Parts from third-party suppliers will be allowed as long as there is no performance advantage.

Fuel Temperatures. FIA is allowing teams more privileges referencing the cooling of fuel.

It will be fascinating to see what improvements will be achieved directly due to the new regulations.