F1 teams want a quick decision on changes for 2023

F1 teams want a quick decision, preferably before the summer break, on proposed technical changes for the 2023 season that aim to end the porpoise phenomenon of Formula 1 cars.

Since the start of the 2022 season, almost every team on the grid, some more than others, has encountered porpoise problems in their cars (vertical oscillation phenomenon that appears on the straights) . While some teams like Red Bull and Ferrari seem to have found a way to limit or even eliminate this phenomenon, others like Mercedes are still looking for solutions.

The plan to eradicate this phenomenon is to raise the flat bottom edges of the single-seaters by a few millimeters (25 mm) and perform more rigorous lateral deflection tests. But the teams that have managed to get rid of the porpoise in the first races of the season argue that the proposals favor those who have gone wrong this year and should not be forced for safety reasons, as the FIA ​​has pointed out.

Either way, all teams on the grid need to know what rules will apply for 2023 to avoid wasting valuable time and resources as they have to meet the cost cap, and as the development and design of new cars for in the next season they should intensify after August.

“It’s not too late, but we can’t afford to wait another four or six weeks. I would prefer these changes to be for 2024, but if it happens for 2023, I think it has to be now right before the (August) break, it’s kind of the last acceptable slot. » declared last Saturday at Le Castellet Jan Monchaux, technical director of Alfa Romeo.

Alongside Mercedes, performance director Andrew Shovlin calls for more clarity on the rules: “Will this change? If so, come on, we’ll accept. We know that as a team we have to solve our problems ourselves and we’ve made that our goal since day one and we’re pretty confident that we can achieve that goal. That’s why I said for us, the most important thing is that we just want a clarification on this. »

Red Bull boss Christian Horner has already pointed the finger at Mercedes, suggesting the changes would be beneficial “so that a certain team can lower their car and benefit from this concept,” to which Shovlin replied: “We can understand that some teams do not want the regulations to change. But we don’t know as Mercedes if a change in regulations will suit us. »

“Our position is rather that if we want to solve some of the fundamental problems, we can’t do it with rules alone. »

A technical directive in Belgium

Pending the implementation of these new rules for 2023, the FIA ​​will officially introduce a technical directive for this year’s Belgian Grand Prix (scheduled for late August) to guide Formula 1 teams on measures that the Federation intends to take to solve them. this problem These measures include:

  • A closer examination of the boards and skids (under the car), both in terms of their design and observed wear
  • The definition of a metric based on the vertical acceleration of the car, which will give a quantitative limit for the acceptable level of vertical oscillations. The exact mathematical formula for this metric is still being analyzed by the FIA ​​and Formula 1 teams have been asked to assist with this process.

Originally planned for the French Grand Prix, the postponement of this technical directive to the Belgian GP was decided after feedback and consultation from the teams and in order to allow the teams to make the necessary updates to the table and pad assemblies, than to ensure a fair application of the metric used to measure this oscillation to all cars.

At the same time, the FIA ​​will continue with its rigorous controls until the end of the season: ” The enhanced FIA controls introduced since the Canadian Grand Prix will continue. Several proposed actions to address this issue in the 2023 technical regulation have also been discussed, with clear instructions to be forwarded to the Technical Advisory Committee. »

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