Formula 1 denies rumors regarding new regulations

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Formula 1 denied rumors of the regulations for 2022 potentially being pushed back to 2023 as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

A recent report in Italy’s La Gazzetta dello Sport newspaper claimed that Formula 1 has begun evaluating whether to stay on track with the introduction of the regulations for 2022 or to further delay them for 2023.

These new regulations were originally slated to be introduced in 2021, but they were delayed to 2022 as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

La Gazzetta dello Sport made the claims about Formula 1’s alleged evaluation on the matter as a result of the current lockdown situation in the United Kingdom.

However, Formula 1 has straight-up rejected this report.

Here is what a spokesman had to say about the matter.

"“Any suggestion the 2022 regulations will be delayed is wrong and has not been discussed,” an F1 spokesperson said. “The new regulations are designed to improve competition on track and give our fans closer racing. This combined with the new financial regulations will improve Formula 1 and create a healthier and stronger business model for the whole sport.”"

The 2021 Formula 1 season is slated to be delayed already, but nothing like the 2020 season was.

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The 2020 season was on track to start on Sunday, March 15 before the pandemic hit, and the season’s first race ended up being what was originally the 11th race on the schedule on Sunday, July 5.

This year, the season-opening Australian Grand Prix at Albert Park Grand Prix Circuit, which was cancelled completed from the 2020 schedule, was simply moved back from Sunday, March 21 to November 21. As a result, the season opener has shifted to Sunday, March 28 with the Bahrain Grand Prix at Bahrain International Circuit.

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The 2021 season is still slated to see a record-breaking total of 23 races, meaning that the budget cap, which is slated to go into effect this year, is set to be $147.4 million (base of $145 plus $1.2 million per race above 21). The season is scheduled to last from Sunday, March 28 to Sunday, December 12.