2021 SIMRACINGHUB F1 LEAGUE REGULATIONS
1.1 - The final text of these Regulations shall be the English version which will be used should any dispute arise as to their interpretation. Headings in this document are for ease of reference only and do not form part of these Regulations.
1.2 - These Regulations may only be changed after the conclusion of the first official race of the season through a voting process for which a 75% majority elects a proposed change and such change is then approved or vetoed by the SRH Management.
2.1 - All drivers, competitors, and officials participating in the Championship undertake, on behalf of themselves, to observe all the provisions as supplemented or amended of the present Regulations also referred to as "the Regulations".
2.2 - The Championship and each of its Events is governed by the SimRacingHub (SRH) Management in accordance with the Regulations. Event means any event entered into the SRHF1 2021 Championship commencing at the scheduled time for the Official Practice and ending at the conclusion of the Race, including Qualifying sessions.
2.3 - SimRacingHub's official time zone is USA Eastern Time. Time references in the Regulations are GMT-4 between the start of Daylight Savings on March 14th, 2021, and the end on November 7th, 2021. Times outside the previous date range are GMT-5.
2.4 - SRH Management uses one way for mass communication with the Championship participants; the SimRacingHub's Forum.
2.5 - The official voice communication software used during an Event is Discord.
Discord Invitation Link: https://discord.gg/vAzC3ZR
2.6 - The Championship and each of its Events is run in an online simulated environment through software made by Studio 397 named "rFactor 2" (rF2) which is only available through the digital distribution platform Steam.
2.7 - The Championship's official rFactor 2 mod is "SRHF1_2021_RX" where "X" is the Event number taking place at the given calendar time. The 3D models of the mod are made by "A&M", original physics by Studio 397 and "A&M", and modifications made by the SRH and FiHS Management.
2.8 - Updates to the official mod are permitted in case but not limited to the following flaws: incorrect brake wear, incorrect engine wear, incorrect fuel tank capacity, incorrect fuel consumption, and/or any flaw caused after an added feature in a newer rFactor 2 build once the Championship has started. Furthermore, visual and/or audio-related updates are permitted and released at the discretion of the SRH Management.
2.9 - Even though each team's car is visually different from others, all drivers are subject to equal performance levels in the sense that only one engine model, one suspension model, one gearbox model, one aerodynamics model, one damage model, one tire model, and one setup model are used across all cars entered in the Championship.
3.1 - Only drivers with authorization by the SRH Management are granted participation in the Championship.
3.2 - It is the driver's responsibility to have an adequate Internet connection to ensure safe participation in an event. The SRH Management reserves the right to exclude a driver from an event if an inadequate Internet connection is detected that could potentially hinder the safety of other participants.
3.3 - It is the driver's responsibility to confirm participation in an event up to a day before the race at the latest. Drivers must confirm participation by registering on the event's official page. The SRH Management reserves the right to call upon a reserve driver as a replacement for any driver who did not register on time and did not complete at least 10 timed laps on the official SRHF1 rFactor 2 server provided that said reserve driver has completed at least 25 timed laps.
3.4 - A list of eligible reserve drivers will be posted on the day of the race. The selection order for reserve drivers is based on the fastest lap set, with the fastest reserve driver being the first to fill in a seat, and so on and so forth.
3.5 - Reserve drivers that do not meet the minimum of 25 timed laps ("Clean" laps in Liveracers) are not eligible to participate in an event.
4.1 - Drivers are granted a license after approval from the SRH Management. Applications for licenses must be made once per season through the SimRacingHub's forum topic "2021 SRHF1 League Entry List".
4.2 - Drivers that finished the previous season in the Top 14 of the Ranking are automatically granted a license for next season.
4.3 - A license may be revoked by the SRH Management after failing to participate in two consecutive events without prior notice.
4.4 - In accordance with Article 24, the stewards may impose penalty points on a driver's license. If a driver accrues 12 penalty points his or her license will be suspended for the following event, following which 12 points will be removed from the license.
4.5 - Penalty points remain on a driver's license for a period of 12 months after which they will be respectively removed on the 12 month anniversary of their imposition.
4.6 - A revoked license may only be reinstated after approval from the SRH Management
4.7 - The SRH Management reserves the right to replace, after the conclusion of rounds 5, 10, and 15, up to two (2) drivers based on their participation and performance.
5.1 - A Performance & Participation Ranking System, also referred to as "the Ranking", used throughout the Championship to measure the performance and participation level of each driver. The point system used in the Ranking is as follows:
5.2. Team selection for the following season will be prioritized starting first with the Drivers Championship winner and then continuing based on the Ranking. The Teams Championship will not be taken into consideration when selecting teams and teammates for the coming season. Should the Drivers Championship winner decide not to participate in the following season, the first to pick team and teammate will be whoever finished higher in the Ranking.
6.1 - The distance of all races, from the start signal to the checkered flag, shall be equal to the least number of complete laps which exceed a distance of 305 km (Monaco 260 km).
6.2 - The number of events in the Championship is 20 and shall not be changed once the Championship has begun.
6.3 - The final list of events is published by SRH Management before March 1st each year.
6.4 - An event may be substituted by another in the case of a track not meeting the necessary standards for racing. The event substitution may happen no later than a week prior to the event's scheduled date.
6.5 - An event may be canceled and not postponed if fewer than 10 participants are available for it.
7.1 - The title of SRHF1 Champion Driver is awarded to the driver who has scored the highest number of Drivers Championship points, taking into consideration all the results obtained during the events which have actually taken place.
7.2 - The title of SRHF1 Champion Team is awarded to the team that has scored the highest number of Teams Championship points, taking into consideration all the results obtained during the events which have actually taken place.
7.3 - A team is defined as the matching pair of cars under the same brand name.
7.4 - Points for both titles will be awarded to the top 10 finishers at each Event according to the following scale:
7.5 - In addition to the above, one point will be awarded to the driver who achieved the fastest lap of the race and to the team whose car he was driving, provided the lap time was achieved without incurring a penalty and he was in the top ten positions of the final race classification. No point will be awarded if the fastest lap is achieved by a driver who was classified outside the top ten positions.
7.6 - If two or more teams or drivers finish the season with the same number of points, the highest place in the Championship (in either case) shall be awarded to:
8.2 - Applications shall include:
8.3 - All applications will be studied by the SRH Management and accepted or rejected at its absolute discretion.
8.4 - Ten (10) teams of two (2) cars each totaling twenty (20) seats will be entered in the Championship.
8.5 - The Team and Teammate selection process is as follows:
9.1 - A Race Director will be appointed the following tasks during an event to ensure compliance with the Regulations:
Following the immediate conclusion of the event, the Race Director will also publish on the event's forum thread:
9.2 - Five (5) Stewards will be appointed the following tasks after an event to ensure compliance with the Regulations:
9.3 - Stewards may be drivers in the Championship. Any steward that is involved in a driver-reported incident must recuse himself from the tasks listed in Article 9.2.
9.4 - All official classifications and results of practice, qualifying, and the race, as well as all decisions issued by the Race Director and Stewards, will be posted on the event's official page and forum thread.
9.5 - Stewards' report will be made public in anonymity.
10.1 - Drivers will be given up to twelve (12) hours after the publication of the unofficial results to report, in the event's forum thread, incidents that should be investigated by the stewards. All reports made after this timeframe will be dismissed.
10.2 - Each incident included in the drivers' report must adhere to the following format:
10.3 - SRH Management will then label each admitted incident with a case number.
10.4 - Accused drivers will have until one (1) day after the publication of the unofficial results to post, in the event's forum thread, their defense arguments.
10.5 - Reports and/or Defense arguments will be dismissed by the SRH Management under the following conditions:
10.6 - All decisions made by the stewards published by the SRH Management are final and not subject to appeal.
11.1 - The Race Director or rFactor 2 itself may inflict the penalties specifically set out in these Regulations.
11.2 - Stewards' reports must be sent to the Race Director via Discord indicating the following:
11.3 - After the stewards' reports are admitted, penalties are handed based on the average severity (rounded up) using the table below:
|0||None / Quali Incident||None / Race Incident||0|
|2||2-grid spots on the next race||+5 seconds or 3-grid spots||2|
|3||5-grid spots on the next race||+10 seconds or 6-grid spots||3|
|4||10-grid spots on the next race||+20 seconds or 10-grid spots||4|
|5||Start from the back of the grid on the next race||+30 seconds or start from the back of the grid||5|
|6||Start from the pits on the next race||Disqualification from race or 1-race ban||8|
11.4 - To prevent next-race penalties from not having any effect following the last race of the season, the stewards reserve the right to apply an immediate penalty as they see fit.
11.5 - Time penalties will apply when the offending driver managed to see the chequered flag at the given race.
12.1 - Save where these Regulations require otherwise, pit lane and track discipline and safety measures will be the same for all practice sessions, qualifying, and the race.
12.2 - If a car stops on the track, it shall be the duty of the driver to remove it as quickly as possible so that its presence does not constitute a danger or hinder other competitors. Under no circumstances may a driver stop his car on the track without justifiable reason.
12.3 - A speed limit of 80km/h will be imposed in the pit lane during the whole event.
In accordance with Article 11.1 rFactor 2 may impose either of the penalties under Article 24.3 a., b., or c. if a driver has exceeded the imposed pit lane speed limit.
12.4 - Drivers with serious mechanical or technical difficulties must leave the track as soon as it is safe to do so.
12.5 - It is permitted to rejoin a race after a connection loss. Should a driver lose connection during a race, his car will be automatically placed by rFactor 2 in the garage in the same condition it was right before the disconnection.
13.1 - Tire wear rate is set to normal (1x).
13.2 - Fuel usage is set to normal (1x).
13.3 - Damage multiplier is set to 80%.
13.4 - Mechanical failures set to normal.
13.5 - Only Clutch Assistance (F11) is allowed.
13.6 - RealRoad configured to "Auto-save". No external grip files are allowed to run on the server. Rubber will stop accumulating after the conclusion of the Official Practice. At this point, a grip file will be saved and shall be the starting point at the beginning of any subsequent practice session on the server and ultimately the Race.
13.7 - There will be a few events in which wet weather might be present during Qualifying, Race or both.
13.8 - The server will be password protected before the start of Qualifying. The password is sent to the drivers in the confirmation email after registering for the event.
14.1 - There will be five (5) specifications of dry-weather tire compounds throughout the Championship, they are: Hard (C1), Medium (C2), Soft (C3) Supersoft (C4), and Ultrasoft (C5).
14.2 - There will be two (2) specifications of wet-weather tire compounds throughout the Championship, they are: Wet (blue band), and Intermediates (green band).
14.3 - Each event will have a combination of three (3) of the five (5) dry compounds mentioned in Article 14.1. These combinations are:
14.4 - Drivers who make it through the final qualifying session (Q2) will have to start the race on the same tire compound they used to record their fastest timed lap during the first qualifying session (Q1).
14.5 - Drivers must use at least two out of the three dry-weather tire compounds during the race.
14.6 - Tires will only be deemed to have been used once the car has left the pit lane.
14.7 - Drivers that breach Articles 14.4 or 14.5 will be automatically excluded from the results of the race.
14.8 - Should the start of the race require the use of a wet-weather tire compound, Article 14.4 will not be enforced.
14.9 - Should there be wet weather requiring the use of a wet-weather tire compound at any point during the race, Article 14.5 will not be enforced.
14.10 - Drivers who advance to the final qualifying session (Q2) setting their fastest timed laps in the first qualifying session (Q1) using wet-weather tires will not be subject to Article 14.4.
14.11 - The race is considered to have started once the lights signal the start as indicated in Article 22.7. Any tire change performed during the formation lap or while the count-down timer has not elapsed, will not be considered towards Article 14.5.
15.1 - Drivers are strictly forbidden to drive their car in the opposite direction to the race unless this is absolutely necessary in order to move the car from a dangerous position.
15.2 - Drivers must make every reasonable effort to use the track at all times and may not deliberately leave the track without a justifiable reason.
Drivers will be judged to have left the track if no part of the car remains in contact with it and, for the avoidance of doubt, any white or yellow lines defining the track edges are considered to be part of the track but the curbs are not.
Should a car leave the track the driver may rejoin, however, this may only be done when it is safe to do so and without gaining any lasting advantage.
15.3 - At no time may a car be driven unnecessarily slowly, erratically or in a manner which could be deemed potentially dangerous to other drivers. This will apply whether any such car is being driven on the track, the pit entry or the pit lane.
15.4 - More than one change of direction to defend a position is not permitted. Any driver moving back towards the racing line, having earlier defended his position off-line, should leave at least one car width between his own car and the edge of the track on the approach to the corner.
15.5 - Any driver defending his position on a straight, and before any braking area, may use the full width of the track during his first move, provided no significant portion of the car attempting to pass is alongside his. Whilst defending in this way the driver may not leave the track without justifiable reason.
For the avoidance of doubt, if any part of the front wing of the car attempting to pass is alongside the rear wheel of the car in front this will be deemed to be a 'significant portion'.
15.6 - Maneuvers liable to hinder other drivers, such as deliberate crowding of a car beyond the edge of the track or any other abnormal change of direction, are not permitted.
15.7 - As soon as a car is caught by another car which is about to lap it during the race the driver must allow the faster driver past at the first available opportunity. If the driver who has been caught does not allow the faster driver past, waved blue flags will be shown to indicate that he must allow the following driver to overtake.
15.8 - Drivers are strictly forbidden to use the Escape (ESC) key outside the speed-limited pit area throughout the entirety of Qualifying. Drivers who are forced to press the ESC key outside the speed-limited pit area are not allowed back out on track for the remainder of the currently running qualifying session (Q1 or Q2).
15.9 - Drivers that suffer an accident that results in the loss of the rear wing, a wheel, or the engine, will have to abandon the currently running session (Q1, Q2, or race) immediately.
15.10 - An automatic log will be generated at the end of Qualifying. During the warmup session, the Race Director will validate the log by asking those drivers found breaching article 15.8. Drivers who admit breaching article 15.8 will be moved to the back of the grid. Those that are found after the race is over will be disqualified from the entire event.
15.11 - Drivers who are reported by others (not the log) of breaching article 15.9 will be automatically excluded from both Official Qualifying and Race results.
15.12 - During Qualifying, drivers must, when incoming cars approach, exercise caution and drive away from the racing line within the track limits during pit-out and pit-in laps.
15.13 - Drivers must, at all times, drive back to the pit lane without the assistance of others after the chequered flag has been waved at them indicating the end of Qualifying or Race. Drivers that breach this article will be penalized as follows:
15.14 - Drivers who are involved in an incident during cool-down laps will be investigated in accordance with article 24.
16.1 - The pit lane will be divided into two lanes, the lane closest to the pit wall will be designated the "fast lane", the lane closest to the garages will be designated the "inner lane". At no moment, a driver may circulate in the inner lane at fast lane speeds and vice-versa.
16.2 - When coming out of the pit lane, the pit exit line must not be crossed. For the avoidance of doubt, if two wheels have entirely crossed the pit exit line, the driver is deemed to have crossed the line and a 5-second time penalty will be added to his final race time.
17.1 - Unless unexpected technical difficulties that might cause a delay, a Championship Event week timetable is as follows:
18.1 - Official Practice sessions take place the week of an event on Tuesday from 21:30 to 23:00.
18.2 - The track is open continuously with 90-minute practice sessions throughout the week of an event except only during the time period of Official Practice, Qualifying, and the Race.
19.1 - The qualifying session takes place on the day of the race from 21:30 to 21:55. The session is run as follows:
19.2 - Parc fermé conditions are in effect starting with the first timed lap in the first qualifying session (Q1).
19.3 - Eligible reserve drivers that fail to join the server during qualifying will be moved to the back of the grid in the order in which they arrive during the warm-up session.
19.4 - To prevent disrupting a driver's timed lap, both qualifying sessions will take place on a closed server meaning that joining the server during qualifying will not be allowed by rFactor 2.
20.1 - Each car will be deemed to be in parc fermé from the time at which it sets a lap time during qualifying, including the first qualifying session (Q1), until the start of the race.
20.2 - Under parc fermé, only the following car setup parameters may be adjusted:
21.1 - The grid will be drawn up as follows:
22.1 - Prior to the race start, there will be a 5-minute warm-up period where drivers are allowed to go on the track and perform system checks. There will be an additional three-minute wait at the end of the warm-up for drivers who disconnected during this session. During the extended wait time, the track will be closed and no drivers will be allowed to go out of their respective garages.
22.2 - When the final warm-up period expires, the Race Director will move the server to the race session. A 30-second timer will begin the countdown for the cars to line-up on the grid. Drivers that remain in the server and are unable to line-up on the grid before the 30-second timer expires will start the race from the pit lane. If a driver is disconnected from the server before it loads the starting lights sequence, the server will be moved back to the warm-up session and wait for a maximum of 3 minutes for the driver to rejoin at the back of the grid.
22.3 - After the 30-second timer elapses, the game will signal the start of the formation lap with the pole position driver leading.
When leaving the grid all drivers must respect the pit lane speed limit until they pass pole position.
22.4 - During the formation lap, practice starts are forbidden and the formation must be kept as tight as possible.
22.5 - Overtaking during the formation lap is only permitted if a car is delayed and cars behind cannot avoid passing it without unduly delaying the remainder of the field. In this case, drivers may only overtake to re-establish the original starting order. Any driver delayed in this way, and who is unable to re-establish the original starting order before he reaches the pit entry line, must start from the pit lane.
22.6 - Drivers that suffer unrepairable damages during the formation lap must start the race from the pit lane if they wish to continue.
22.7 - When the cars come back to the grid at the end of the formation lap, they will stop within their respective grid positions, keeping their engines running.
There will be a standing start, the signal being given by means of lights activated by rFactor 2 itself once all the cars have come to a halt and are lined up properly.
22.8 - If, after returning to the starting grid at the end of the formation lap a problem arises, the following procedures shall apply:
22.9 - Once the race has started signaled by the track lights, no restarts may be issued under any circumstances unless there's a server malfunction within the first five laps of the race.
23.1 - During the race, drivers leaving the pit lane may only do so when the light at the end of the pit lane is green and on their own responsibility. A flashing blue light will warn the driver if cars are approaching on the track. It is absolutely prohibited to leave the pit lane under a red light. Leaving the pit lane under a red light will result in an automatic disqualification by rFactor 2 itself.
23.2 - In the event of a server failure before the race leader has covered half the race distance in laps, the server will be rebooted. Drivers that had not retired prior to the server failure will be given 10 minutes to rejoin the server. The Race Director will then adjust the starting grid based on the positions each driver was on the lap in which the server failed. The race distance will be adjusted to the remaining laps prior to the failure. The session will then proceed with the starting procedure as stated in Article 22 of these Regulations.
23.3 - In the event of a server failure after the race leader has covered half the race distance in laps, the race will be considered over and full points will be given.
24.1 - "Incident" means any occurrence or series of occurrences involving one or more drivers, or any action by any driver, which:
24.2 - It shall be at the discretion of the SRH Management to decide if a driver or drivers involved in an incident shall be penalized.
24.3 - rFactor 2 or the SRH Management using the input from the Stewards may impose any one of the penalties below on any driver involved in an incident:
If any of the seven (7) penalties above are imposed they shall not be subject to appeal
24.4 - For purposes concerning the Participation and Performance Ranking, a penalty is considered "minor" if the incident only affects the driver who committed the infraction. Such incidents include but are not limited to: speeding in the pit-lane, crossing the pit-exit line, etc.
24.5 - For purposes concerning the Participation and Performance Ranking, a penalty is considered "severe" if the incident directly affects two or more cars, including the driver who committed the infraction. Such incidents include but are not limited to: ignoring blue flags, causing a collision, etc.
25.1 - The car placed first will be the one having covered the scheduled distance in the shortest time. All cars will be classified taking into account the number of complete laps they have covered, and for those which have completed the same number of laps, the order in which they crossed the Line.
25.2 - Cars having covered less than 75% of the number of laps covered by the winner (rounded down to the nearest whole number of laps), will not be classified and no points will be awarded.
25.3 - The official classification will be published no later than 72 hours after the conclusion of the race. It will be the only valid result subject to any amendments which may be made under these Regulations.
25.4 - Both Drivers Championship standings and Teams Championship standings will be published no later than 72 hours after the conclusion of the race. It will be the only valid standings subject to any amendments which may be made under these Regulations.
26.1 - At the end of the season, the top 3 drivers in the Drivers Championship Standings will have the opportunity to pick a prize from a list provided by the SRH Management. The first to select will be the Drivers Champion, followed by the runner-up, and so on and so forth.
26.2 - Prizes will only be revealed once the season has finished.