Key rule changes for the 2024 F1 season
March 2, 2024 - December 8, 2024 -
There are relatively few rule changes this season, which usually allows
teams to close the gap between the front and back of the grid.
The main technical changes relate to stricter load tests for roll hoops, to address safety concerns following Zhou Guanyu’s high speed crash at the start of the 2022 British Grand Prix.
Power unit usage will revert to the arrangement for 2022, in which three each of the internal combustion engine (ICE), motor generator units – MGU-H (heat) and MGU-K (kinetic) – and the turbocharger, will be allowed during the season. The MGUs are essential for converting the energy from braking and from hot exhaust gases into electrical energy in the battery to power the drive train.
There will be new restrictions on the number of power units available during the season, and the electronic controllers, as well new capital expenditure limits to prevent the top teams from locking in their advantage after the limits of the 2023 season. From 2024, the bottom four teams, averaged over a rolling four-year period, will have an enlarged CapEx limit to help level the playing field.
The Right of Review, in which a team can challenge a decision, has been amended to speed up the process, with only 96 hours from any decision in which to lodge an appeal. Teams will also pay a deposit which would be repaid if successful. However, fines imposed by race stewards have increased dramatically, from €250,000 to a maximum of €1 million.