The FIA crackdown on the “automatic” pit stops in Formula 1 has been postponed from the Hungarian GP to the Belgian GP, the first race after the summer break.
The postponement comes after the governing body issued a new technical directive on the subject that replaces the original version. The delay in its introduction gives teams additional time to make the necessary changes.
According to the new version, some of the minimum time requirements specified in the original directive that were based on human reaction times have been removed.
However, the FIA’s goal still remains to prevent teams from using automatic reporting in order to minimize downtime. The teams will have to demonstrate that any mechanic equipped with a gun will have to manually press a button that signals that the wheel is safe and also that the button cannot be held down.
The change comes following the dialogue with some teams, in particular Red Bull, which has always made the fastest stops in recent seasons.
“There has been a change in the technical directive and this came after the feedback that the FIA collected from the teams,” said Andreas Seidl.
“The main objective of the directive was to make sure that the pit stops were carried out safely and to try to prevent any problems. The door is open for further changes for the next year ”.
When the original technical directive was issued last month, Christian Horner expressed his skepticism about it.
“You have to remember that each team has a responsibility to have all four wheels securely fastened, and if not, they are forced to collect the car immediately”.
“This decision to introduce an imposed delay loses an element of excitement. Can a group of people change four tires in less than two seconds? We have proved it with our records, but now all of this is about to disappear ”.