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WMSC approved 2026 power unit regulations

SPIELBERG, AUSTRIA - JULY 10: Max Verstappen of the Netherlands driving the (1) Oracle Red Bull Racing RB18 leads Charles Leclerc of Monaco driving the (16) Ferrari F1-75 and the rest of the field into turn one at the start during the F1 Grand Prix of Austria at Red Bull Ring on July 10, 2022 in Spielberg, Austria. (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images) // Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool.

The FIA confirmed that the World Motor Sport Council has approved the power unit regulations for the 2026 Formula 1 season.

The World Motor Sport Council approved the new PU rules that will come into effect in the 2026 F1 season on Tuesday.

The main goal of the new regulations is to attract new manufacturers to the championship and allow them to be competitive from the start.

It was mentioned in the FIA’s press release that the power units will have V6 internal combustion engines. Furthermore, 100% sustainable fuel will be used for the 2026 power units. The financial regulations will help reduce the costs.

“The FIA continues to push forward on innovation and sustainability – across our entire motorsport portfolio – the 2026 Formula 1 power unit regulations are the most high-profile example of that mission,” FIA president Mohammed Ben Sulayem commented.

“The introduction of advanced PU technology along with synthetic sustainable fuels aligns with our objective of delivering benefits for road car users and meeting our objective of net zero carbon by 2030. Formula 1 is currently enjoying immense growth and we are confident these regulations will build on the excitement our 2022 changes have produced.

“I want to thank all of the FIA management and technical staff involved in this process for their diligence and commitment in working together with all of our Formula 1 stakeholders to deliver this. I also want to thank our WMSC members for their consideration and approval of these regulations.”

The World Motor Sport Council also approved changes to the 2022 and 2023 technical regulations that concern measures against porpoising and the improvement of safety standards for the roll hoops following Guanyu Zhou’s crash at the British GP.

“Safety is absolutely the highest priority for the FIA, and we have devoted significant time and resources to the analysis and resolution of the issue of porpoising. I have personally discussed this matter with all of the teams and drivers, and while of course there are some differences in opinion owing to varying competitive positions, it is very clear that the FIA has a duty to act and ensure that the drivers are not put at undue risk of injury as a result of this phenomenon,” Ben Sulayem added.

“It was evident that an update to the requirements for the roll hoops was needed after the crash of Guanyu Zhou at Silverstone, and while this incident showed us all how remarkable the safety systems in Formula 1 are, it also proved once again that we must continue to innovate and pursue safety matters without compromise.”

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