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Driver aid ban delayed until 2004 28 Mar 2003

Sauber Petronas C22 steering wheel
Formula One World Championship, Rd2, Malaysian Grand Prix, Preparations, Sepang, Malaysia, 20 March 2003

The FIA today announced that a ban on driver aids would not come into force at this year's British Grand Prix as had previously been agreed. In a press release the FIA said it was delaying plans to introduce the ban because of the proposed arbitration proceedings being brought against it.

The FIA Press Release in full...

The FIA has today sent the following note to all Formula One teams:

The technical devices which will ensure the absence of driver aids (in particular launch control, traction control and fully-automatic gearboxes) require substantial investment. The FIA is reluctant to commit the necessary resources until actual or threatened arbitration proceedings have been resolved.

Accordingly, the full enforcement of the long-established ban on in-car driver aids will be delayed until the first race of the 2004 season. If current uncertainties have not been resolved before the deadline for ordering the technical devices for 2004, competing teams will be required to demonstrate the absence of driver aids to the satisfaction of the stewards at each event of the 2004 and subsequent Championships.