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Formula 1 | Porpoising: F1 teams are ready to apply the technical directive

On the occasion of the Belgian Grand Prix, the FIA ​​will apply for the first time the technical directive allowing to avoid too strong oscillations. For McLaren director Andreas Seidl, this instruction to reduce porpoising will have no side effects.

“As far as the technical directive, which will be in place from Spa, there is absolutely no concern, I am happy with it, and I am happy that the FIA ​​is leading this process. Seidl said.

“I think it’s also important that they follow suit after they started it a few weeks ago for safety reasons.”

“And I guess the most important topic is what happens for next year. But I’m also very happy with the discussions that are taking place between the teams and the FIA. I’m sure we will find a good solution and that we can continue.”

Horner more skeptical of 2023 settlement

Christian Horner is also not worried about these new instructions. The Red Bull boss doesn’t foresee any unpleasant consequences and instead wants to talk about next year: “I think the technical directive is not really the problem. For us it is not a major problem.”

“I think the most important discussion is about a potential rule change for next year which could be a major overhaul of the car if the floor size was increased by 25mm, which they are talking about. is a much more important discussion.”

“You could say it wasn’t just a safety issue. I think you have to find a compromise. But it’s a bit tricky because this rule change is massive. It changes the whole concept of aerodynamics. “And that’s a tricky question for the FIA, because where do you draw the line? Although there is a safety obligation for the FIA, where does that line end?”

“Should we ask permission to switch from slicks to wet tires or from wet tires to slicks? You have to be very careful about the unintended consequences of these things. Of course, safety is of paramount importance for everyone, but It has to be taken in context.”

“I would be much more concerned about the roll cage on the Sauber, which needs to be looked at for driver protection, than the porpoising, which we haven’t seen in recent races. I’m certain, in fact, if you don’t mess with the regulations, the engineering on the grid is such that it won’t be a problem next year.”

“But I think there is room for compromise. The president of the FIA ​​is personally involved. I know he has spoken to all the drivers. He has spoken to all the teams and I hope that Some clarity on this, certainly for next year, will be available in the next few days.”

Ferrari wants to keep control of its technical choices

Laurent Mekies, Ferrari’s sporting director, is also worried about 2023 and the interference of the FIA ​​in the technical decisions of the teams. The French would like to set a limit on this subject to avoid overflows.

“Without getting into the legal side of things, I think we have to be very careful when we talk about security grounds” notes Mekies. “I think we were all in this room the last time we discussed this and it was for the Halo. And there are few topics as important as this to discuss in the future”

“So I think you have to separate that from the discussions that we have with the teams, with the FIA, about how to improve the situations for porpoising. And in that context, the technical directive does a good job. It does put more pressure on the teams.”

“They are also putting more emphasis on checking the wear and tear of the boards for legality. The FIA ​​have a lot of tools, and they are doing a good job of making sure that we are not playing too close to the limits, but this is not much different than it was 10, 20 or 30 years ago. If you drive your car too low, your driver will be uncomfortable, your board will be illegal and you will be disqualified.”

“As far as we’re concerned it’s a problem that’s pretty much gone, we’re now treating it as a completely normal set of things. If you have that problem you lift your car, if you don’t , you can lower your car like we have been doing for several decades now.”

Aston Martin, Alpine F1 and AlphaTauri comply without flinching

Mike Krack, the director of Aston Martin F1, is not against the directive either: “No problem. I don’t expect a major change in the standings or up and down the grid. As for 2023, I think the most important thing, good or bad, is is that we have made a decision.”

“Because we have to make decisions for next year’s cars and the later it is, the more expensive it is and the more difficult it is. So I think the most important thing is to make a decision as soon as possible. possible.”

Alan Permane also confirms that Alpine F1 will respect the technical instructions from Belgium: “No problem. We have reviewed all the races this year and applied their metrics to each lap and we have no problem with that.”

“And since the start of the year we’ve had our car bounce sometimes, or hit the ground too hard and the drivers have complained quite violently. I’m not even sure it’s faster like that to be honest. And so we know where we like to operate and we know where the sweet spot is, so we don’t have to worry about the technical directive.”

Franz Tost also revealed that AlphaTauri is in perfect harmony with the future technical rules regarding flooring and porpoising: “Scuderia AlphaTauri is cooperating very closely with the FIA. They received all our data and they came out with measurements.”

“I think that so far everything is considered, and concerning our team, I have had no complaints, neither from the drivers, nor from the fact that we are not within the rules. So for us, this subject is closed.”

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