The safety argument for changing the rules makes Fred Vasseur smile

Alfa Romeo team principal Frederic Vasseur believes the FIA’s argument that it needs to make changes to stop the porpoise for safety reasons is “a fucking joke” and it goes against the spirit of the rules.

The FIA ​​will introduce a new technical guide, starting with the Belgian Grand Prix, which will measure the porpoise level (rebound effect of single-seaters on the straights) and an imposed limit that the teams will have to respect. The flat bottom technical regulations will then be modified for the year 2023. The plan to eradicate this phenomenon is to raise the edges of the single-seater flat bottom by a few millimeters (25 mm) and carry out lateral deflection tests of the soil more rigorous.

But a number of teams are unhappy with the governing body’s decisions and Fred Vasseur says the justification that the FIA ​​has to act for safety reasons is completely wrong: “We started a few weeks ago and it is true that now changing ‘only the edge of the flat bottom’ is not good, you have to change everything. » said Fred Vasseur in an interview with Racer.

“From my point of view, it is too late. That’s not the spirit of regulation and global regulation because we’ve always pushed for stability in regulations for cost caps and so on because we want to defer some parts but now we can’t. »

“So, from my point of view, using security reasons for this is just a fucking joke. The porpoise is not security. The porpoise is easy to fix, just increase the height. »

When he discussed with him the FIA’s technical directive which will force teams to take measures to combat the porpoise and which will come into force from this year’s Belgian Grand Prix, Vasseur replied: “Don’t ask me because I don’t understand. »

“But I’m also not sure that the matrix for safety reasons is a good approach because using the same one could say that we have to control the height of the ride in Spa because we could take a dive in the raidillon. So the FIA ​​could say, “OK, you’ve got to run the car at 30mm, because below 30 you might have a dip on the slope.” »

“Or when the track is wet and some teams put the slicks first, we take a risk. We can crash. And they can say “No, you should only use slicks if it’s below 104%.” I don’t know, but if we go that way… It’s much more risky for the FIA ​​because if they put a limit on slicks and someone crashes, they will be held responsible because the limit is not in the right place. »

“Yes Alonso [pilote Alpine] for example he has a mega backache after Spa and that he was below the matrix, he could complain about the matrix. I’m not sure this is the right way to do policing. Safety is always a criterion in our choices. It’s a criterion for brake temperature, it’s a criterion when you use intermediates or slicks… I think it’s a bit strange. »

Only Mercedes, McLaren and Aston Martin would be in favor of the changes for 2023, but the FIA ​​does not need unanimity from the teams if it forces them to approve these new rules on safety grounds.

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