F1 2026 Regulations: FIA Unveils Plans for Smaller, Greener Cars

Lewis Hamilton has raised concerns about the direction of Formula 1’s new regulations, while also acknowledging the bold steps being taken towards sustainability. The FIA has announced plans for the 2026 season to feature cars that are lighter, more nimble, and more environmentally friendly.

The new regulations include cars that will be 30kg lighter, 10cm narrower, and equipped with engines that have a near 50-50 split between electric and internal combustion power, using fully sustainable fuels. This move towards sustainability has already attracted new manufacturers like Audi and Ford, as well as convinced Honda to stay in the sport.

The concept at the core of the 2026 rules is a “nimble car” with active aerodynamics to optimize engine use. Cars will have wings that open on straights to reduce drag and increase speed, but then close to enhance cornering performance. Overtaking will be aided by a power-boost system for cars following others, replacing the current DRS system.

The new regulations aim to make F1 a net-zero carbon sport by 2030, with a focus on advanced technology, sustainability, and safety. While some drivers like Lando Norris are concerned about the competitiveness of the field with such significant rule changes, the FIA believes these changes are necessary for the future of the sport.

Overall, the 2026 regulations aim to create efficient, fast, and sustainable cars that will improve racing and reduce environmental impact. With a total of six engine manufacturers expected to be part of F1 in 2026, the sport is gearing up for a new era of competition and innovation.