The FIA has opened up the tender for sole F1 tyre pressure monitoring supplier in the latest standardisation step.
One of the biggest changes forthcoming from 2021 onward in F1 is standardisation of various parts on the car. The FIA has already decided against having a standard gearbox system after finding no gain.
Meanwhile, it also opened up tenders for brake system & components and wheel rims as well, which is now closed but the decision on the supplier is yet to be confirmed by the governing body.
Reports though suggests Brembo has won the tender for brake system. While we await for any news on that front, the FIA opened up the invitation for the sole supplier of tyre monitoring pressure system (TPMS).
The tender went live on July 30 with the last date of submission on August 30 and the decision expected to come on October 4. Unlike the other tenders, the FIA has only asked for one bid from the suppliers.
It will cover three seasons from 2021 until 2023, but the governing body has stated and informed that it reserves the discretion to extend the contract to two more years in 2024 and 2025 by December 31, 2022.
The system which the FIA wants suppliers to supply reads as:
- Wheel sensing unit transmitting wirelessly to a remote receiver unit, a set of measurements as well as a series of metadata and diagnostics.
- Complete on-car receiving system (incl. ECU, antenna and one or more potential additional remote antenna) to collect the data of four wheel sensing units and forward those data via CAN to one or more designated FIA Electronic Control Unit. Data must be only accessible by the owner, identified by a unique team ID, and by the FIA.
- Complete off-car receiving system (incl. ECU, antenna and one or more potential additional remote antenna) to collect the data of all wheel sensing units and store them on a remote server on the team or FIA network. The device must only be able to access a unique team ID.
- Optional portable off-car receiver to collect the data of a single sensor. The device must only be able to access a unique team ID.
- FIA portable off-car receiver to collect the data of a single sensor. The device must be able to access any team ID.
Further details is available on the FIA website and can be found here. The process and idea of standardisation is to cut extra costs taken up by the teams, which will help in a better implementation of the budget cap.