No hiding from the FIA

Along with its host of other new regulations, the FIA has also cracked down on the use of covers and screens in the garages that hide any part of the car. This also extends to the pit lane and grid -- it's been a common sight in recent years to...

Along with its host of other new regulations, the FIA has also cracked down on the use of covers and screens in the garages that hide any part of the car. This also extends to the pit lane and grid -- it's been a common sight in recent years to see bits of an F1 car shrouded by various covers, for protection from prying eyes as much as other reasons.

Now the FIA is banning all such covers unless it is required for mechanical reasons, which could include protection from fire or for safety reasons, such as when a mechanic starts the car up.

The FIA stated that, in addition to 'no screen, cover or other obstruction which in any way obscures any part of a car will be allowed at any time in the garages, pit lane or grid', the following are not permitted:


- engine, gearbox or radiator covers whilst engines are being changed or moved around the garage;
- covers over the spare wings when they are on a stand in the pit lane not being used;
- parts such as spare floors, fuel rigs or tool trolleys may not be used as an obstruction.

Items which will be permitted are:


- covers which are placed over damaged cars or components;
- a transparent tool tray, no more than 50mm deep, placed on top of the rear wing;
- warming or heat retaining covers for the engine and gearbox on the grid ;
- a rear wing cover designed specifically to protect a mechanic starting the car from fire;
- a cover over the car in the pit lane or grid if it is raining.

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