The World Motor Sport Council has agreed on a raft of safety alterations for the 2021 Formula One season.
The 2021 season already will witness a myriad of aerodynamic and sporting regulation changes to enhance the show element of each race, promoting closer wheel-to-wheel style Grands Prix.
Next year will also mark the introduction of the sport’s inaugural budget cap which is aimed to prevent the larger teams simply outspending their rivals in order to gain lap time.
But at a recent WMSC meeting in Geneva, it was also confirmed that the sport would also have a safety overhaul, with “drastic improvements to the strength and energy absorption of the chassis in front, lateral and rear impacts.”
Mandatory use of tethers for the rear wing and rear impact structures will also prevent large pieces of debris part ways with the car in the event of a crash.
Tethers have become a significant factor for Formula One when the sport introduced wheel-tethers from 1998 which have undoubtedly saved many drivers from more serious injuries.
Amongst the number of safety updates will also be some “considerably improve electrical safety on the cars,” averting both teams and recovery crews from possible electricity-related injuries when near a ‘live’ F1 car.
Formula One kicks off their 2020 season with the Australian Grand Prix on March 15.