Formula 1 Changes Expected in 2024

The 2024 Formula 1 season will see several changes including team name changes for AlphaTauri and Alfa Romeo, a record 24 races, changes to the rules around testing old cars, adjustments to sprint races, increased testing days for tyre supplier Pirelli, changes to the ‘right to review’ procedure, and a ban on pyrotechnic products.

Highlights

‣ The 2024 Formula 1 season will see several changes including team name changes for AlphaTauri and Alfa Romeo, and changes to the F1 calendar with a record 24 races.
‣ The FIA has made changes to the rules around testing old cars, stipulating that all parts used must have been previously used during a race weekend.
‣ Following extreme heat during the Qatar GP, a change to the technical regulations has been approved to allow teams to install an air shaft in the cars to direct more air into the cockpit.
‣ The FIA has updated the format of the sprint races and increased the number of testing days for tyre supplier Pirelli from 35 to 40 days.


Hang in there, folks! Just a couple more months and we’ll be there. March 2nd, that’s the date. The Bahrain Grand Prix will kick off the 2024 Formula 1 season. Expect some changes, courtesy of F1, the FIA, and a couple of teams. Let’s dive into what’s new for the upcoming F1 season.

2024 F1: What’s Changing?

AlphaTauri, Red Bull Racing’s sibling team, is getting a new name in 2024. The new moniker? Well, we’ll have to wait till next year for the official announcement. But, whispers suggest it might be Racing Bulls. The FIA’s registration list has ‘RB’ listed, which could hint at the rumors being true.

Swiss team Alfa Romeo is also in for a name change in 2024. They’ll revert to the Sauber name before becoming Audi’s factory team in 2026. The exact team name and sponsors are still up in the air. The F1 team recently dropped a cryptic statement about it.

2024 F1 Drivers

The F1 grid won’t see much change at the start of the new season. But it’s not identical to the 2023 season’s start. Daniel Ricciardo has secured his spot at AlphaTauri after Nyck de Vries was shown the door in mid-2023. The 2024 season promises to be intriguing for F1 seats, with many drivers’ contracts ending after the season.

2024 F1 Calendar

The 2024 F1 season kicks off on February 29th, featuring a record 24 races. The FIA has shuffled some races to cut down on travel. For example, the Japan Grand Prix will move from autumn to April. The Chinese GP is back on the F1 calendar in 2024 after a four-year hiatus due to the pandemic. The Qatar GP will be the second last race of the season, easing transportation to the final race in Abu Dhabi. The later date should also help combat the extreme heat drivers faced in 2023.

2024 F1 Regulations

The FIA has tweaked the rules around testing old cars. All parts used must have been previously used during a race weekend. This prevents teams from using new parts on old cars to circumvent testing restrictions. Teams can’t start working on their 2026 cars yet, when new engine regulations kick in.

Addressing Extreme Heat Post Qatar GP

After the extreme heat at this year’s Qatar GP left several drivers unwell, the F1 commission approved a change to the technical regulations. Teams can now install an air shaft in the cars to direct more air into the cockpit.

F1 Sprint Races: Adjustments

The FIA has announced a format update for the sprint races next year. This follows persistent complaints about the sprint weekend format, with qualifying for Sunday already happening on Friday. This also immediately puts the parc fermé into effect, allowing hardly any testing for the rest of the weekend. The governing body says the sprint sessions will be better separated from those associated with the Grand Prix, although no details are yet known of what this will look like.

F1 Testing in 2024

At Pirelli’s request, the FIA has increased the number of testing days from 35 to 40. Additionally, four days will be dedicated to wet tyre testing. This will allow teams to help Pirelli develop new intermediates and wet tyres, which faced criticism last year. They’re also working on reducing spray to improve drivers’ visibility in wet conditions.

Teams can now cover double the distance during film days, often used for shakedowns before the first winter test. However, the distance must be spread over two permitted filming days to avoid covering the full distance in one day.

‘Right to Review’ Procedure: FIA Adjustments

The FIA has tweaked the ‘right to review’ procedure, used by F1 teams to challenge decisions. The request period has been shortened from 14 days to 96 hours. A fee must be paid, refundable only if the request is valid. The FIA has also significantly upped the maximum fine amount, with a cap of €1 million for Formula 1.

No More Smoke Flares and Fireworks

Starting 2024, the FIA will ban ‘pyrotechnic products’ in the International Sporting Code. This includes any object containing exothermic substances or mixtures designed to produce heat, light, sound, gas, or smoke effects. This ban covers flares, smoke bombs, and fireworks.

Albert Ramirez
Albert Ramirez
Albert Ramirez is a senior writer at F1Highlights.com. With a passion for motorsports, Albert brings a unique perspective to the world of Formula One. With over five years of experience as a sports reporter, he has honed his skills in capturing the essence of the sport.

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