Wheatley expects not a major change to WRC Rally1 regulations for 2025

The new FIA rally director, Andrew Wheatley, predicts that the current WRC Rally1 regulations will remain the same for 2025, but he expects that there will be only a few changes to them.

So far, FIA has only changed the time penalties for drivers who are forced to retire due to hybrid failure reducing them from 10 minutes to 2 minutes per missing stage.

However, it must be mentioned that FIA is scheduling a meeting every week to examine the new regulations and to do some changes to them if is needed.

"The next generation of Rally1 won’t be the same number of changes that we had for this generation of Rally1", Wheatley said.

"I would say 80% of what we currently have in Rally1 will continue for the next cycle or two cycles. 

"I think what we will find is a change in the mix and then there will be at some point a big step in how we will divert the technology, whether that is a range extender or hydrogen, full battery electric, honestly at that point I don’t know.

"I don’t think you will see in 2025 a huge flip to something drastically different. 

"I think the target that everybody has in the automotive industry is more towards 2029 or 2030 to be able to settle on which energy system going forward.

"I think we have got an evolution coming before a revolution. 

"We have to work very closely with all the stakeholders and that process has already started to understand what the next step looks like.

"It is not just the manufacturers that we have currently in the WRC at all the levels, it is about engaging with the wider manufacturer players because the big players we have at the moment will probably continue to be big players. 

"But they will inevitably be joined by others from different regions, and that is the exciting thing for future".

Source: Motorsport.com

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