After October's Qatar Grand Prix saw a dramatic conclusion with a number of drivers suffering heat-induced ill health, the FIA have been prompted to implement a key new rule in response.
The FIA had already launched an investigation into the scenes witnessed at the end of the race, with Esteban Ocon admitting he threw up in his helmet while Lance Stroll said he felt like he was passing out while driving.
According to FIA single-seater director Nikolas Tombazis, the finer points have yet to be clarified but he believes teams will not be able to use this ruling to gain an advantage.
"We need to work out some of the details, but we want to make it clear that it's not something that you can use for any form of dodgy advantage," he said.
"It's really for the purpose of [cooling] and it's mandatory. Therefore, you could put the ballast in the seat, but you'd be a bit of an idiot because, like in Qatar, we saw drivers towards the latter part of the race make mistakes. I think that it is clearly not in the teams' interest [to ignore it]."
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