FIA president Mohammed Ben Sulayem has sought assurances from race promoters that safety will not be compromised by the growing number of people allowed onto grids.
“We must take learnings from the incident at the Spanish Grand Prix,” said Ben Sulayem. The race was held at the Circuit de Catalunya earlier this month.
He said the FIA has been given assurances by Formula 1 CEO Stefano Domenicali that “measures are being taken to ensure that there is no repeat of the incident”.
“It is an issue not just in F1 but also in Formula E and World Endurance Championship and other categories from my recent experiences with too many people on the grid at some events,” Ben Sulayem continued.
“I have no doubt that in all cases, the promoter will adhere to the FIA requirements on safety and security. It is the duty of the FIA to ensure a safe environment for all. Safety in motorsport is the federation’s main priority.”
The WMSC meeting also approved revisions to F1’s power unit regulations and appointed the suppliers of two standard parts for the 2026 to 2030 seasons. Bosch will supplier knock sensors, which detect irregular vibrations in power units, and Bender will provide insulation monitoring devices.
Ben Sulayem said the process of verifying the teams’ 2022 budget cap submissions is “progressing well”, but did not indicate when it will be completed. It is the second time F1 teams have submitted figures for formal approval since the cap was introduced. Last year Aston Martin and Williams were fined for committing procedural errors, while Red Bull were fined $7 million and had their Aerodynamic Testing Restriction allocation cut for over-spending.
The FIA president also said progress is being made with the applications submitted from potential new F1 teams, invitations for which opened in February. However no indication of how many applications were made was given.
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