Reverse engineering clampdown and super licence revisions approved by FIA – Formula 1 RSS UK

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Reverse engineering clampdown and super licence revisions approved by FIA – Formula 1 RSS UK

The World Motor Sport Council (WMSC) has rubber stamped revisions to the 2021 Technical Regulations that outlaw the “extensive use of reverse engineering” of a rival’s design, as well as tweaked the rules regarding super licence points amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

Renault and Ferrari chose to withdraw their appeal against Racing Point’s controversial brake ducts, which were deemed illegal for how closely they resembled the ones on last year’s Mercedes, on the basis that the governing body would revise the rules to stop such a situation repeating itself.

READ MORE: Why did Ferrari and Racing Point withdraw their brake duct protest appeals?

The rules were changed and approved by the F1 Commission. Then on Friday, the WMSC met to approve a series of new rules across their championships, headlined by their decision to “prevent the extensive use of reverse engineering of rival designs for the design of a car’s aerodynamic surfaces”.

The FIA has also made adjustments to the super licence points scoring system, which dictates when a driver is illegible to compete in either a Formula 1 practice session or as a race driver.

Previously, the rules said drivers had to score 40 points over a three-year period via a series of motorsport championships, such as Formula Two, but given the impact the Covid-19 pandemic has had on the world, the FIA has changed the eligibility criteria.

READ MORE: Why did Renault withdraw their Racing Point protest appeal?

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