Formula 1 drivers will be allowed only one helmet design per season, after the FIA officially confirmed the proposals made by senior figures to the sporting regulations.
Some drivers were regularly changing their helmet designs to the extent where concerns were raised that the fans were no longer able to easily identify them.
“In order for drivers to be easily distinguished from one another whilst they are on the track, the crash helmet of each driver must be presented in substantially the same livery at every event during a Championship season,” reads the newly revised Article 21.1 of the FIA Formula 1 Sporting Regulations.
However, the rules do not specify if or how will a driver be punished if they breach the restriction, prompting speculation that serial helmet change Sebastian Vettel might be tempted to flout the regulation change.
There has also been clarification regarding driver numbers, after some uncertainty when regulation was introduced at the start of the 2014 season.
Ahead of last season, drivers were asked to select a number between 2 and 99 which they would race with throughout their Formula 1 career. There was some uncertainty as to what would happen to a driver’s number if he lost his race seat.
The now-amended Article 21.2 states that: “A driver’s career in Formula 1 will be deemed to have ended if he does not participate in an event for two entire consecutive Championship seasons.”
So, in theory, this means that the race numbers used by drivers in the 2014 season, including those not on the grid this season, will remain protected until the start of 2017.
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