McLaren rear wheel cover, Yas Marina, 2021

F1 scraps plan to allow LED wheel covers in 2024

2024 F1 season

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Formula 1 has abandoned plans to allow teams to use LED wheel covers next year.

The series introduced rules allowing teams to run illuminated wheel covers last year. McLaren ran an example of the device in post-season testing at Yas Marina at the end of 2021.

However no team has run the covers in a race weekend yet. Although the regulations remain in place this season, they have been struck out in the first draft of the 2024 technical regulations issued by the FIA.

The covers were originally planned for introduction “in order to provide visual information to the spectators,” the regulation states.

Had they been introduced, the FIA planned to adjust the minimum mass of the cars to compensate for it. However drivers have voiced concerns over the rising weight of the cars, part of which has come about due to the larger wheel sizes introduced last year.

LED wheel displays

The regulation remains in place this year but has been removed for 2024:

Wheels display panel

Depending on the availability of the necessary technology, and in order to provide visual information to the spectators, the FIA may request each of the four wheel covers described in Article 3.13.7 to be fitted with a rotating LED display panel.

The Wheel Display Panel will be classed as SSC [standard supply components], and details about it and its associated control system may be found in the Appendix to the Technical and Sporting Regulations.

Such a request will only be made following consultation with the competitors, and in any case no later than six months before the first introduction of these display panels in a competition.

An adjustment to the minimum mass of the cars will be made to compensate for the additional mass of these components.

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18 comments on “F1 scraps plan to allow LED wheel covers in 2024”

  1. Perhaps better this way if the minimum weight would increase.
    Regarding minimum weight, the same present 798 kg has got chosen for next season, which is also good.
    While I’d be okay with a slightly lower figure as was initially planned for this season, I’m equally okay with keeping the limit unchanged between consecutive seasons, i.e., as long as no further increases occur, even by a kg.

    1. I am all for removing the minimum weight limit now we have a cost cap, and opening the rules a little more too maybe. As long as safety is properly legislated for let the cars weigh as little as they want them to.

      1. You realize @ahxshades that “removing the minimum weight limit” would result in at least 10 DNF’s each race, many including serious injuries and deaths?
        And there would be 10 red flag periods each race as well because of flimsy wings and other debree flying on the track.

        1. You do realize @asd that the minimum weight rule hasn’t been the only rule concerning safe car construction in at least 40 years?

        2. There’s no reason that it would be less safe. You can still have rules in place – crash tests, the halo, the survival cell and so on. The teams are already making parts weigh as little as possible – many struggled to reach the weight limit last year and they’ve started removing paint to save weight now!

          If they were all adding weight to the car to get over the limit, I’d be all for it but as it stands, it won’t make any difference. The cars weigh a lot because of the engines, the mandatory safety features and the big wheels etc. If they could shed more weight now, they’d do it so that they could place the weight where they want it instead.

        3. @ asd To put it a bit more mildly, it’s not suicidely dangerous at all.

          F1 cars are far heavier than they used to be. Between 1995 and 2009 cars were between 595 and 605kg – with zero driver fatalities.

          Current cars are a third heavier since then, not including the driver or fuel (as was the case before). And that’s around 50kg heavier than an Indycar in Indy 500 spec – when F1 cars used to be 100kg lighter.

          Your comment is just fundamentally flawed, the cars are significantly heavier yet we’ve had some more serious incidents which mainly are down to bad luck or obvious issues that went unaddressed for far too long (i.e. the halo for head protection).

        4. Oh Dear – 10 DNFs and 10 red flags a race – someone needs to check your medication asd

  2. If these were the answer, what was the question?

  3. Awww – I was looking forwards to the 200mph “Frisbees of Doom” flying into the crowd at every crash.

  4. Biskit Boy (@sean-p-newmanlive-co-uk)
    26th April 2023, 17:06

    I have to admit I’ve been very disappointed regards the colours that could have been used on the wheels. So boring and because they are mostly black it’s harder to see we they are no using lower profile tyres.

  5. You could use different colours to make it obvious which driver is which in a team. With driver helmet designs changing so often vs using one design for a whole career it’s much harder than it used to be to tell drivers apart.

    There’s plenty of uses for it so it’s unfortunate that it isn’t happening.

  6. Awww no pretty colours :(

    I was happy just to be able to see glowing brake disks under braking – now that was worth seeing.

  7. Radium! 🤢
    Crew member returns home after long season to be greeted with a “honey you’re absolutely glowing.”

  8. This is a joke, right? We can’t be that close to a circus act yet. I thought we still would have a year or 3 before the curtain would fall on the sport and the transformation to circus would be completed.

    1. Oh we are, and all without a safety net.

    1. We can’t be that close to a circus act yet

      We are and without a net.

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