Yesterday’s meeting definitively untied many knots that had arisen in the negotiations between the teams to contain costs in the immediate light of the huge economic losses linked to the Coronavirus pandemic. The budget cap has finally been officially set at $ 145 million, a figure that refers to a calendar of 21 races and which will be raised or lowered by one million for each race more or less (146 if there will be 22 races, 144 if they will be twenty instead the Grand Prix disputed).
Green light to the 145 million budget cap
In addition to the spending ceiling, the system has been refined aerodynamic handicap development in an attempt to bring the performance of the cars closer to the track. According to what reported by the BBC, an indicative quota of time will be established to devote to the development in the wind tunnel and through the simulations obtained with the CFD flows. The team that will win the title in 2021 will have 90% of that quantity to be used in the design of the 2022 car. From the second to the tenth ranked team there will be an increase of 2.5% of that quantity with the last ranking team which will therefore have 112.5% of the ‘time’ to develop the car for 2022. From 2022 onwards, after the technical revolution that will bring the ground effect back to F1, the team that will win the title will have only 70% of the quantity established at available, with a progressive increase of 5% which will lead the tenth place to have 115% of the time to devote to the wind tunnel and CFD studies. Any team that enters F1 would inherit the amount of time guaranteed to the bottom ranked team.
Horner: “Handicap aerodynamics can have a big impact”
Other important decisions that have been ratified are the possibility of condense the weekend format in two days (option that could be fundamental in this 2020) and the restrictions on power unit development in 2020 and 2021, with less time available for bench tests and fewer updates granted, the first steps that should lead to a containment of costs for the manufacturers who ensure the supply of power units. Finally, two decisions were made that had already been taken for granted, that is, the postponement of the technical revolution from 2021 to 2022 and the use of 2020 cars also in the 2021 season.