FIA to review F1 rules in October following Belgian GP case

2021 Belgian Grand Prix, Sunday – Jiri Krenek. Credits: Daimler.

FIA president Jean Todt confirmed that the F1 Commission will have a meeting in October to discuss some of the Formula One rules that caused the Belgian GP disaster.

On Sunday, fans from all over the world waited for more than four hours for the Belgian Grand Prix to start, just for the race to be eventually canceled. Although the drivers never completed a single lap of racing, half the points of a normal race were still attributed to the top 10 finishers, in accordance with the Formula One regulation. 

Todt wants to take a clear look at the regulations incriminated and will summon the F1 Commission, which is able to change F1’s regulations even over the course of the season and with immediate effect if required.

“This year’s Belgian Grand Prix presented extraordinary challenges to the FIA Formula 1 world championship,” Todt said.

“The weather windows predicted by the forecasters did not appear throughout the day, and while a small window did appear late in the day during which there was an attempt to start the race, conditions quickly worsened again.

“The FIA stewards have, based on the provisions of the International Sporting Code, stopped the competition to gain more time, and therefore more potential to give the fans an F1 race.

“Despite these efforts, the race could not be started after the safety car laps and the existing regulations have been correctly applied.

“The FIA together with Formula 1 and the teams will carefully review the regulations to see what can be learned and improved for the future.

“The findings, including the topic of points allocation, will be added to the agenda of the next F1 Commission meeting on October 5.”

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