Formula One teams have welcomed the FIA’s decision to delay the introduction of a clarification that could force some to change the floor design of their cars.
The behavior of teams ’dashboard and skate assemblies has become a focus of attention, as some teams suspect their rivals are using excessively flexible parts to improve the performance of their cars.
The FIA initially announced that a new technical directive clarifying this area of regulation would enter into force in time for the French Grand Prix. But at yesterday’s F1 Commission meeting the decision was made to postpone it to the Belgian Grand Prix, more than a month later, to give teams more time to make the necessary changes to their cars.
Toto Wolff, director of the Mercedes team, has drawn attention to the behavior of other teams ’flats after the Canadian Grand Prix three weeks ago. Its pilot George Russell said so yesterday “Ferrari and Red Bull have probably pushed the boundaries with flats a little more than interpreting the rules.”
Ferrari team director Mattia Binotto has stated that the Technical Directive (TD) aims to address the porpoise that some teams have experienced this year. He said that as this issue has been mitigated in recent events – which have taken place on smoother circuits – clarification may be delayed.
“We still talk a lot about TD and porpoise,” he said at today’s FIA press conference. “But in reality this no longer seems to be an issue or an issue.”
“It wasn’t an issue at Silverstone, it hasn’t been an issue here in Austria for any of us. I’m pretty sure it won’t be in the next two races.”
“Again, are we mobilizing the FIA for anything with this issue? Was it really necessary to act and get out of the TDs? At first they did it in Canada without following the right process. It’s good that after reviewing it, they did it. a discussion with the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC), there will be another discussion next week at the TAC again, trying to refine it. “
“In the field there will be changes that will be needed because now a new clarification has been published with new tests, what is needed, new requirements, new specifications. It will take some time to do so so I think it is good. Relax and postpone it to Belgium because, as it is not an urgent issue, there is no need to rush ”.
Wolff refocuses his rival on the actual debate
Still, Wolff reminds Binotto of one thing: the directive was necessary to address the different interpretation of the flexible wooden bearings and boards used by some teams, as it affects the performance of cars.
“It defines the extent to which you can run the car in front and also the stiffness of the plate, which will be a discussion for next year’s regulations.”
“Obviously for us we don’t have to change anything, so we’d like the TD to be implemented as soon as possible. It can help with the porpoise, which Mattia says isn’t a big deal for the next few races.” true, but it can be a performance issue. I think a commitment to Spa is approaching that allows teams that need to change long enough and we can live with that. ”
Small teams feel little concern
Aston Martin team manager Mike Krack said no “I’m not surprised that there has been a big reaction to the technical board, because it seems that not all great teams have taken advantage of this flaw.”.
“I don’t think anything will change for us”added.
Alfa Romeo team manager Frederic Vasseur has indicated he would be happy with an even longer delivery time. “I think we could postpone race 14 or even 16 or 18. I’m not really convinced it’s up to the FIA to intervene in the configuration of the car.”
“It won’t be a big change for us, but I’m a little surprised by the reaction because in the rules the board is supposed to be rigid.”