Nikolas Tombazis, the FIA’s head of single-seater matters, has stressed the commitment to maintaining the set weight limit, even if teams face challenges meeting it.
FIA won't shift on weight limit
“Clearly it will still be a challenge for the teams to achieve that low weight,” Tombazis said. “They're not going to have an easy ride there.
“But we are going to stick to the weight limit we're going to impose, and we won't be inflating upwards again.
“They [the teams] will just have to push harder to reduce the weight if they can't make it.”
Removing weight limit not ideal
In the ongoing discussions about the weight of Formula 1 cars, there have been suggestions that, given the current stringent crash test requirements, removing the minimum weight limit might not compromise safety.
However, Tombazis believes this approach is not ideal, as it could lead to a spending war among teams prioritising lightweight components.
“That has been discussed a few times, about whether we need the weight limit,” he added.
“But we believe that to get rid of it completely would be creating a never-ending battle of reducing the weight. That could have some unforeseen consequences.
“So, what we're putting for 2026 will be a weight limit which afterwards will not change.
“We will not be succumbing to this continuous sort of haggling for a couple of kilos, where the teams say, ‘you've added the electrical, let's add two kilos’, or the tyres are a bit heavier, let's add another few kilos and things like that. We won't be doing that.
“Teams will have to work to that limit. And I think there could be some teams that are a bit overweight in 2026.”
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