2023 Formula One Circuit and Budget Cap Changes
Written by Sofia Constantino, Edited by Simran Kanthi
Wet weather package: this new package will be seen on the track from the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix in Imola. Pirelli is presenting a whole new tyre for the rain that will give the cars a safer drive and more improvement for the teams as well. During the second or third quarter of the year, there will be on-track tests for these new aerodynamic kits that would be implemented in the car in case of extreme wet conditions (hard rain).
Radio communication between the drivers and the teams: From now on, there is going to be much more flexibility and openness regarding the communication between the teams and the drivers. This will result in more freedom and liberty to speak with the strategists, etc.
F1 Sprint: During the sprint races in parc ferme, the FIA is allowed to be more permissive on changing parts that are most likely to break. This will be key to development and more challenging racing between the cars.
DRS zones: After many criticisms, complaints, and dislikes from the fans and the teams, the FIA is changing the DRS zones in the following tracks: Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Australia (Melbourne will now have four DRS zones), Azerbaijan, and Miami. This will be done to facilitate overtaking or to make it more complicated in circuits where it’s easier to do so.
New changes on a few circuits: We are going to see new improved and changed circuits, such as:
Saudi Arabia: Changes in the track to improve visibility at the entrance of corners.
Miami and Azerbaijan will resurface the whole track.
Netherlands: There's now going to be more space between the teams at the pit stops.
Qatar: We are going to see a new paddock structure and pit building.
New regulations: The FIA is establishing a new winter break for constructors and drivers. Along with that there's going to be a budget increase starting after the 21st round. This budget is going to be from 1.2M$ to 1.8M$ per race.
Last but not least, changes in the scoring system for shortened races. This is due to the confusion after last year's Japanese Grand Prix. Teams protested against it and now we can see it in action.
We can now see that for upcoming seasons, the FIA are looking to be more permissive on budget limits, sprint races, and radio communication. They are willing to affront the danger and problem with the rain and not blame it exclusively on Pirelli. And finally, they are changing something as important and as key an element of this sport as DRS. Things are looking bright for what's about to come and we can't help but be excited about this news.