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Formula 1 2024: All The Changes For The Upcoming Season - News

Testing is soon to start for all Formula 1 teams, with the opening race of the 2024 season in Bahrain quickly racing up our calendars next weekend on 2nd March.

So, what can we expect in this year's races, and most importantly, what changes have now come into play for the teams and fans? We take a look at all the latest developments ahead of the first race of the season…

  • Driver Line-Up

The 2024 season roster has some exciting developments, with both familiar faces and potential shifts in the line-up. For the first time in F1 history, the first race of the 2024 season will have the same driver line-up as the last race of 2023. So while this remains unchanged, all eyes are on the upcoming season as several contracts are due to expire.

One significant change is that Daniel Ricciardo has secured his position at AlphaTauri, following the mid-2023 departure of Nyck de Vries. There are also a few notable changes to the teams themselves.

  • Constructor Team Changes

Dynamic shifts within the teams are underway, marked by two prominent teams undergoing name alterations. AlphaTauri, Red Bull's sibling team, has been provisionally listed as 'RB,' with ongoing speculation about a potential rebranding to 'Racing Bulls.'

Simultaneously, Alfa Romeo is navigating a transition, revealing an interim name, 'Stake F1 Team,' as part of its planned evolution into the Audi factory team for 2026.

  • Racing Calendar Adjustments

The 2024 Formula 1 season is poised to feature a record-breaking 24-race calendar, presenting fans with an extended and action-packed schedule.

Noteworthy adjustments include the rescheduling of the Japan Grand Prix from its traditional autumn slot to April and the revival of the Chinese GP after a four-year hiatus due to the pandemic. These modifications aim to streamline travel logistics and enhance overall race weekend experiences.

  • Sprint Race Format Hints

Discussions are currently underway to revamp the sprint race format for 2024 after receiving significant backing from teams and team bosses. Proposed alterations include the relocation of qualifying for Sunday's Grand Prix to Saturday afternoon, with the sprint race scheduled for the morning.

Additionally, there's consideration of moving the sprint shootout qualifying to Friday post-FP1, potentially allowing parc ferme conditions to be lifted after the sprint race for necessary adjustments.

  • Testing and Car Regulations

The FIA has introduced revisions to regulations concerning the testing of old cars, specifying that components must have been previously used during a race weekend. This precautionary measure prevents teams from exploiting loopholes to trial new components on old cars outside of specified testing restrictions.

Last year's Qatar Grand Prix witnessed extreme heat, leading to several drivers falling ill. In response, the FIA announced its plan to enhance the conditions within the car to protect drivers. This year, the FIA will install a cockpit scoop to assist in driver cooling.

Furthermore, the FIA, in response to driver feedback from the previous year, has increased the number of testing days organised for Pirelli from 35 to 40 days, with four days dedicated exclusively to wet tyre testing. This ensures teams contribute to the development of new intermediates and wet tyres, addressing the challenges faced in adverse weather conditions.

  • Conclusion

The 2024 Formula 1 season promises a harmonious blend of continuity and evolution. With potential driver changes on the horizon, shifts in team identities, an extended racing calendar, and proposed alterations to the sprint race format, Formula 1 enthusiasts have much to look forward to.

As the season unfolds, we will witness the sport's relentless pursuit of excellence and innovation. Buckle up for an exhilarating ride in the world of Formula 1!

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Formula 1 2024: All The Changes For The Upcoming Season
26 February 2024

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