There will be no changes to the permitted driver line-ups in the core LMP2 field in FIA WEC or ELMS in 2021.
That clarification comes after an evening of anger and upset expressed by teams and drivers following the publication of the latest FIA World Motorsport Council communique, which reported that a new regulation had been approved to make either a single Bronze-ranked driver, or alternatively two silver-ranked drivers mandatory in LMP2 in the FIA WEC, a development that, had it gone ahead, would likely have had to have been replicated in ELMS too.
With confirmation that the measure will not be implemented though there’s further clarification that the only significant change that will come in 2021 is set to be the creation (understood to be in both the WEC and ELMS) of an additional LMP2 Pro-Am subcategory for teams featuring a line-up with at least one Bronze-ranked driver.
Those teams will have a dedicated podium and trophies.
DSC understands that the process to take forward the regulation change approved by the WMSC will be reversed as soon as possible, and that it was the result of a disconnect between internal discussions, and the polling of the views of the teams.