FIA Drops Controversial Helmet Change Rule

Published 03/07/2020, 5:44 AM EST


There’s finally some good news in the world of F1. Yesterday, the sport’s governing body, the FIA, repealed a controversial helmet rule that is sure to please a certain section of fans. With Coronavirus playing spoilsport in multiple races, the new helmet rule is a breath of fresh air.

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FIA removes the controversial helmet rule

Back in 2015, The FIA introduced a revised crash helmet rule that prevented drivers from frequently changing their helmet designs. Drivers could change their helmets only once a year at a single race event. Additionally, drivers could make minor modifications to the helmet but the base design had to remain unchanged.

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The rule was implemented to promote easier driver identification. However, fans have questioned the rule in recent years due to the addition of the halo. The safety structure prevents drivers’ helmets from being spotted easily from a distance. Moreover, many argued that the presence of driver numbers on the car’s nose and body were easy to spot.

“A change to the 2020 Sporting Regulations was approved to allow for unrestricted variations to driver helmet designs between races” reads the official FIA statement.

Drivers will surely welcome this change and embrace the new rule. Wearing the same helmet design over the course of a season can become monotonous over time. Now, drivers can show off their artistic side with some innovative and eye-catchy crash helmets.

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Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel is famed for his helmet designs. The German is unbeatable when it comes to unique and wacky helmet templates. Vettel would often debut new designs at nearly every race during his Red Bull days. It will interesting to see what Seb comes up with for the first race in Melbourne.

Some minor changes to 2020 rules

Apart from the helmet change rule, the FIA also announced a few modifications to the 2020 regulations. The Council has increased the minimum mass of the car by 1 kilogram owing to newer elements monitoring the PU. Additionally, the FIA also clarified that teams would be testing the new 18 inch tyres at the end of the season.

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Furthermore, the FIA has established a crisis cell to monitor the ongoing Coronavirus scare. The epidemic has led to multiple cancellations of motorsport events including the F1 Chinese Grand Prix. The governing authority revealed that it would be watching closely and take appropriate decisions if required.

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Abhishek Bharadwaj

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Abhishek Bharadwaj is an F1 author and content strategist at EssentiallySports. Having joined ES in January 2020, he has over 700 articles to his name. While he was first introduced to the world of F1 in 2006, he started religiously following the sport in 2012 and has had an undying passion for it ever since.

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