Federation Internationale de l'Automobile or the FIA has made it mandatory for the cars participating in F1 races to develop their electrical and electronic systems in accordance with the specifications. Any changes in the electrical system have to be notified to the FIA at the start of the season. For controlling the engine and gearbox, FIA specified electronic control system should be used.
Launch Control Systems
Launch control systems must indicate when they were activated. The
systems which can automatically detect the race start signal are
prohibited. The cars must carry an accident data recorder. The equipment
is connected to a medical warning light placed ahead of the cockpit
opening. The light indicates to the rescue team severity of an accident
and they can act accordingly.
Track Signal Information
Cockpit of the cars must have a track signal information display. The
system tells the driver of circuit conditions. The red, blue and yellow
lights indicate the driver about the condition ahead. Systems capable of
electronically detecting the race start signal are prohibited. All
software used in the system must be registered with the FIA.
Proper Software Versions
The cars are checked before the events to ensure that the electrical
systems have been using proper software versions.
Electrical system in F1 cars has to be developed according to specifications. FIA specified electronic system is used for controlling the engine and gearbox.