The FIA has, perhaps fancifully, expressed a hope that Formula 1 teams will report loopholes in the 2021 regulations, rather than look to exploit them.
F1’s new regulations were published at the United States Grand Prix, firing the starting gun for a development race that could shake up the natural order of the sport in the season after next.
The last major regulation shake-up – 2014’s switch to hybrid power units – saw Mercedes emerge from the midfield to dominate the sport.
If there is an opportunity for a Brawn-esque method of finding unique performance, however, the FIA hopes it will be reported as they look to bring the whole F1 pack closer together – wishful thinking!
“That is one part of finding out. We did identify two or three areas that were not well written or well controlled and we wrote better rules in the last few months,” FIA head of single seaters Nikolas Tombazis told Motorsport.com.
“Out of the teams a fair percentage, I wouldn’t say all, will take the responsible view and if they see there is an inconsistency in the rules they will be interested to report it to us and to help us find a solution.
“I don’t know what that could turn out to be, and hopefully we’ve covered most of the ground. I’m not expecting teams to do it out of a charitable cause.
“The reason teams, depending on their attitude or whether they are risk-prone or not, will do that is because they have found some loophole, they know it is against the intention of the rule, and we have up until a certain point in time to adjust the rules and make corrections.
“They don’t want to necessarily spend three months on something and have the carpet pulled under their feet and lose three months.
“So sometimes some teams discover [something] and before they start spending resource there they want to be sure that it won’t be somehow banned or whatever.”